Group cau­tions Kwankwaso on Mile 12 sus­pects

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Nu­rudeen Oye­wole, Lagos

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.

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