The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that a governor in the north-west Nigeria is sponsoring bandits in the region.
The APC disclosed this in reaction to a protest led by Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the abduction of over 300 schoolboys from Kankara, Katsina state.
It will be recalled that the schoolboys have since regained their freedom on Thursday night.
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Yekini Nabena, APC deputy spokesman, released a statement saying PDP is leveraging on the country’s security challenges to make political gains.
He then added that the country’s security agencies must be on the alert over the plans to destabilise the north-west.
“Our security agencies have intelligence reports linking one of the north-west governors of colluding and sponsoring the violent and criminal activities of bandits in the zone,” he said.
“I won’t give details because of the sensitive and security nature of the issue. However, relevant security agencies must as a matter of urgency investigate the report and determine its veracity. Human life is not what we should play political chess games with.
“We must shun enemies of the country including the PDP who seek political gains from issues of insecurity.
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“Our security agencies must also be alert to plots to further destabilise the north-west region and frustrate the quick and safe release of students abducted following late Kankara Katsina state: Student kidnapping for [GSSS Kankara Katsina State] secondary school.”
This is not the first time there will be claims of a North-western governor sponsoring Boko Haram in the region. It will be recalled that in August, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, was invited for questioning multiple times by the Department of State Services (DSS) after he claimed that a northern governor was sponsoring Boko Haram.
After multiple interrogations that lasted hours, Mailafia raised an alarm that he feared for his life.