Deputy Chief Imam of Jema’a Emirate , Alhaji Kabir Kassim has called on security agencies to investigate the recent attack on Emir of Jema’a , His Royal Highness , Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu and his convoy at Samuru-Kataf , Zango Kataf local government area ,Kaduna State .
Addressing journalists on Friday at Women Multipurpose Hall,Kaduna , Alhaji Kabir Jassim ,who described as “unfortunate ” the attack on the Emir by armed youth said ,“Unfortunately, instead of condemning the attack on the emir’s convoy, the Assistant PRO of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) and former Special Adviser to late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, Mr. Reuben Buhari Was on the Hausa Service of BBC .”
According to him , this begs for answers, because acts of lawlessness should not be given cover or any kind of support by any individual or groups especially a socio-cultural group like SOKAPU.
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BRIEFING BY ALHAJI KABIR KASSIM, DEPUTY CHIEF IMAM JEMA’A EMIRATE 20TH JANUARY, 2017
Gentlemen of the press:
I want to intimate you about the unfortunate attack carried out by some armed youths on His Royal Highness, Emir of Jema’a Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu II and his convey on Tuesday 17th, at Samaru Kataf, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area.
On Tuesday 17th of January the Emir of Jema’a, HRH Alhaji Isa Muhammadu Isa attended a Security Meeding in Kaduna and on his way back to Kafanchan. On reaching Samaru Kataf, in Zangon Kataf Local Government, The Emir’s convoy was attacked by some armed youths and three vehicles were destroyed.
The Emir and his entourage escaped by the grace of Almighty Allah and forcefully detoured back to Kachia, then passed through Kagarko and Jaba Local Government Areas back to Kafanchan further in the night amid tension after escaping brutal death by the armed youth at Samaru Kataf.
This happened at a time security agencies, the government, traditional and religious institutions are working to address the issue of insecurity and restore normalcy in Southern Kaduna and the entire state.
Unfortunately, instead of condemning the attack on the emir’s convoy, the Assistant PRO of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) and former Special Adviser to late Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, Mr. Reuben Buhari Was on the Hausa Service of BBe on Wednesday is” January, 2017 denying the attacks.
This begs for answers, because acts of lawlessness should not be given cover or any kind of support by any individual or groups especially a socio-cultural group like SOKAPU.
You may wish to know that the Kaduna Command of Nigerian Police has since confirmed the attack through its Public relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman and also the mass media. We wonder SOKAPU’s denial and efforts in the cover up of what is already in the public domain.
We are concerned because on 12thSaturday, 2016 after some communities in Southern Kaduna unveiled a symbolic peace apology billboard, in the same Samaru Kataf, the same SOKAPU kicked against it and started mobilizing youth against the initiative.
On Tuesday 29th November, 2016, irate youth killed innocent Hausa-Fulani traders inside the Samaru Kataf Market and also along Kan Kurmi community and destroyed the billboard. Many Hausa-Fulani traders and travelers were killed and other injured. One of the survivors later died. There was no single condemnation by SOKAPU. Up to this moment there is no a single call or visit by the SOKAPU to His Highness, rather absolute denial.
We are therefore calling on the security agencies to investigate the matter to unravel its root and take appropriate action because, when allowed, acts of lawlessness like these are capable of setting a dangerous trend that will affect peace building efforts being pursued by the governments at all level, security agencies, religious and traditional institutions.
However, we assure the general public that the Emir will not be deterred in supporting the cause of peace and unity considering the security challenges happening in the state. May Almighty bring eternal peace to Southern Kaduna and the entire Kaduna State.