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Obasanjo, Gumi, Northern Leaders Want Special Courts For Bandits, Reward For Security Whistleblowers


BEVERLY HILLS, April 04, (THEWILL) – A meeting of some northern leaders led by prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi with former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, have ended in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The meeting, among others, recommended special courts to try bandits, kidnappers and carriers of unlawful weapons in Nigeria.

Obasanjo and Gumi made this known in a jointly signed communiqué issued at the end of the meeting.

The 21-point communiqué also urged the Federal Government to take the issue of insecurity up with the Economic Community of West African States.

It also recommended that whistleblowers against insecurity must be protected and rewarded.

The communiqué read in part, “Federal Government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution.

“Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals.

“There should be protection and reward covertly for whistleblowers against criminals living in the community.

“Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons.

“Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.

We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement.”