Group cautions Kwankwaso on Mile 12 suspects
A group, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has told Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to have a re-think for the role he played in releasing suspects of the Mile 12 mayhem in Lagos, saying he shouldn’t use the incident as a way of relaunching himself ahead of 2019 elections.
But Kwankwaso has denied the allegation, saying those he freed were his constituent, who traveled to Lagos in search of livelihood and were unjustly incarcerated.
The AYCF had alleged that Kwankwaso’s bailout of suspects that were arrested in connection with the violent outbreak in Mile 12, Lagos was a political launch-pad for 2019.
The group, in a statement signed by its president, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, also chided Kwankwaso for not visiting the Lagos State Government, the Oba of Lagos or the Hausa community leaders in the state during his visit.
“How would Kwankwaso have reacted, if anyone bulldozes Kano (while he was the governor) and interfered with the trials of Lagosians in a Kano market incident, without him being consulted as the incumbent as courtesy demands?” the group asked.
But while responding, Kwankwaso, who spoke through his media aide, Ladipo Johnson, said, “The truth is that most of the people caught in the unfortunate crisis of Mile 12 were from Kwankwaso’s senatorial district in Kano, and it was only natural and permitted under the Constitution of Nigeria that you can reach out to your National Assembly representatives whenever you think you are not getting justice.
“And he (Kwankwaso) did try to reach out to those he could within the government of Lagos State. His intervention was purely on the side of providing legal assistance to some of the affected persons. “We must not forget that anytime crisis crops up, some security operatives are in the habit of picking people at random,” he added.