HURIWA Lampoons IGP On Armed Bandits, Faults N100bn Budget

SAN FRANCISCO, September 20, (THEWILL) – The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, says the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Adamu will go down in history as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer who for pedestrian regional and religious underpinnings chose to ‘wine and dine’ with armed bandits rather than wield the big stick against the lawless mass murderers in the North West of Nigeria.

The Rights group has therefore condemned the decision by the governors of Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto to go into negotiations with armed Fulani bandits responsible for hundreds of deaths and the destructions of properties of both the individuals and the states worth several billions as against enforcement of relevant laws against murders and criminality.

In a media statement, HURIWA through its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss. Zainab Yusuf condemned the Inspector General for virtually “branding armed bandits in the North as freedom fighters.”

It said the interview in which the police chief “supported the ongoing unconstitutional unholy communion between Northern State governors and armed bandits will go down in the history of what would be left of Nigeria as the darkest period of the Nation state because it is inconceivable that an officer of the law would boldly defecate on top of the sacred laws of the Country.”

The group stated: “Let it be known to the current IGP Mohammed Adamu that his latest statement equating criminal armed mass killers as same as the Niger Delta agitators is not only disingenuous, pedestrian, spurious, puerile and myopic, but it is a direct affront to the constitution of Nigeria”.

HURIWA said that it was absolutely wrong to have compared the Niger Delta agitators who took up arms to compel the multinational crude oil producing entities to stop polluting and destroying the ecosystem and the overall environments with pure brigands and armed bandits in the North West who have no cause for their odious, atrocious and totally unlawful actions of killing children, women and old people all in the name of seeking to obtain the unlawful opportunities of dialoguing with politicians for financial benefits. It is so wrong that the IGP is being allowed to defecate on the constitution. This trend of thought is similar to a victim of rape championing the cause of the rapists.

It further stated that it is totally incorrect to compare Niger Delta agitators with armed bandits of North West unless the political class in the North alongside their allies in the security forces are now accepting the responsibility for setting up the bandits in their bid to win big compensations for the criminals.

“The Niger Delta agitators fought for a just cause and were never known to have killed civilians. Niger Delta is the region that has provided 98% of the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy by way of crude oil resources. The environment was devastated and the people whose livelihoods were devastated by the activities of crude oil explorations demanded for justice. Why will the IGP compare these freedom fighters that killed no civilians to armed bandits of North West who killed hundreds of their own people?”

The group called for the removal of Adamu from office “for playing the role of the advocate for Northern armed bandits in direct contradiction with the constitutional provision which necessitated the creation of the police as an institution of law enforcement”.

Similarly, it said the budget of N100 billion been proposed for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan is attempt by the central government to grant compensation package to members of the armed Fulani herdsmen who are nothing but terrorists that ought to be prosecuted and locked up for killings and destruction of farmlands and farmers including Catholic priests in all parts of Nigeria.

“HURIWA is of the opinion that the NEC meeting presided over by a severely incapacitated and weakened Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja is simply an effort to smuggle from the backdoor the RUGA SETTLEMENT PROGRAMME for Fulanis which most Nigerians in the South and parts of Northern States especially in the North Central states rejected.”

It therefore called for a discontinuation of the policy.