“Government officials, security officers and judges are directly or indirectly involved in banditry” – Fmr NBA Chairman, Gusau Branch, Galadi

* Describes the turban of alleged bandit leader Adamu Aleru as an unfortunate development

Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Gusau Branch, Bello Galadi has singled out high-ranking people in society as complicit in the fight against banditry, especially in Zamfara State.

The northeastern state of Zamfara has in recent years been a haven of unchecked banditry with hundreds of people losing their lives at the hands of criminals and thousands more abducted or displaced from their communities.

Despite the government’s efforts to resolve the issue, the Emir of Yandoto, Aliyu Marafa, on July 16, 2022, gave a leader title to a bandit leader, Adamu Aleru, who is on the wanted list of the Katsina Police.

Speaking to Vanguard, Bello Galadi described the presence of a retired assistant inspector general of police and a local government chairman in the turban of alleged bandit Kingpin as a show of shame.

He said: “I was shocked. It was an unfortunate development. It was a bad Saturday for the people of Zamfara. I personally watched the video clip of the coronation ceremony which was attended by Aleru and a large number of his supporters and which was held in Yandoton Daji on Saturday July 16, 2022. I also listened to the speeches delivered on the occasion, in particular those delivered by the Emir of Birnin Yandoto, Alhaji Aliyu Marafa, and the Hon Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs, Retired DIG Mamman Tsafe As a concerned citizen of Zamfara, I was disappointed.

Galadi also said that the fight against banditry in Zamfara is compromised due to the involvement of different categories of people including high-ranking personalities in the State.

According to him: “Since this government took office in May 2019, three emirs and some district heads have been dismissed for alleged guilt in banditry.

Not only the traditional chiefs, but almost all categories of people are involved and compromise the fight against banditry in Zamfara. It will shock you to know that high level government figures, politicians, security officers, lawyers, judges are directly or indirectly involved in the business. Currently, banditry is the most lucrative, profitable and fastest growing business in Nigeria. Many people make a fortune out of it; that’s why he refuses to leave.

He also noted that to address the problem of banditry in the state, the government should address the root causes rather than the insecurity itself. According to him, the level of poverty and illiteracy in Zamfara is too high and the government should reduce it to the lowest level.

He said, “There should be a strategic plan on how to create jobs for the people, provide quality water, accessible roads, medicine, electricity and other basic amenities. . There should be a plan on how to tackle corruption and address the apparent collapse of the justice system.

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