The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that a northwest governor is behind the heightened cases of banditry, abductions and other violent crimes in the region.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena made the allegation in a statement released on Thursday December 17.
The ruling party which did not name the Governor, urged security agencies to launch investigation into an intelligence report which it claimed indicted the governor.
In the statement released after the PDP embarked on a protest over the abduction of schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) in Kankara, Kastina State by bandits, the APC warned the opposition party against politicising the incident.
The APC stressed that the increased spate of banditry in the Northwest was politically-motivated and not unconnected to the unnamed governor’s alleged sponsorship of banditry and other violent crimes in the zone.
The statement read;
“Our security agencies have intelligence reports linking one of the Northwest governors to collusion and sponsorship of violent and criminal activities of bandits. I won’t give details because of the sensitive and security nature of the issue.
“However, relevant security agencies must as a matter of urgency, investigate the report and determine its veracity. Human life is not what we should play political chess games with.
“We must shun enemies of the country including the PDP who seek political gains from issues of insecurity.
“Our security agencies must also be alert to plots to further destabilise the Northwest region and frustrate the quick and safe release of students abducted from the GSSS.”
It should however be noted that there are seven states in the Northwest and five of them are under the APC control. They are: Kaduna (Nasir El-Rufai); Kano (Abdullahi Ganduje); Katsina (Aminu Masari); Jigawa (Badaru Abubakar) and Kebbi (Atiku Bagudu).
The two PDP governors are Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara).