Following the statement credited to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali on Tuesday accusing some traditional rulers of aiding banditry in Zamfara State. In reaction to the Ministers statement the Zamfara state council of chiefs has issued a press briefing on Thursday in Gusau, the state capital, after an emergency meeting of the council of chiefs,
the spokesperson of the council of chiefs who is also the Emir of Anka, Attahiru Ahmed, challenged the Minister of Defence to reveal any traditional ruler involve in aiding the bandits.
Mr, Dan-Ali revealed that there was an intelligence pointing the complicity of some “some high-placed traditional rulers” in the ongoing banditry in Zamfara and some other part of North-West Nigeria.
The emirs said they, as a matter of urgency, they are calling on the minister to name the traditional rulers involved in the blameworthy activities so that government to take a decisive measure against them.
However, the council of chiefs opined that failure of Dan-Ali to name the traditional rulers involved in such nefarious activities may portray the Minister’s statement false claim and an attempt to tarnish the good reputation of the traditional leaders.
The statement further claimed that over the years, traditional rulers have always cooperated with government and security agents through providing the necessary information required about locations and names of the criminals.
However, suggested that it was the government who failed to do the needful to address the current situation.
“The council noted that the recent air strikes undertaken by the military did not hit the main target, as the actual victims of the air strike were all innocent civilian.
The royal father added, “Report from Mutu in Gusau the state capital and Tsafe Local Government Area, Tangaram in Anka Local Government Area and Dumburum in Zurmi Local Government Councils were among others areas that were shelled, he revealed it was not the actual bandits’ hideouts but were innocent peasants.