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CITAD Teams Up with ROSA Luxemburg Foundation to Address Armed Banditry in Northern Nigeria

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The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, hosted a Knowledge Production Dialogue on Thursday at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The dialogue aimed to shed light on the pressing issues of youth involvement in armed banditry in the region.

Aminu Yunusa, from the Sociology Department of the institution, presented a paper titled “An Appraisal of the Causes and Consequences of Youth Involvement in Armed Banditry in Kaduna State, Northwestern Nigeria (2012-2022).”

The University Don stated that banditry is a serious crime that poses a security challenge to democratic governance and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.

“Bandits often terrorize communities in the North West region. Their activities include kidnapping, arson, shooting, rape, cattle rustling, killing, and looting.”

Yunusa emphasized the harmful impact of continuous youth engagement in armed banditry on the residents of Kaduna state. He attributed this involvement to factors such as youth unemployment, greed, poverty, substance abuse, peer influence, and the existence of ungoverned spaces.

He said, “The highest portion of every conflict or violence that took place in Northwest Nigeria is perpetrated by the youth. All the conflicts, including banditry and kidnapping, are carried out mostly by youth between 16 and 30 years old. Quite often, poverty and inequality, lack of education, unemployment, and lack of economic opportunities, among other issues, have been identified as the main factors leading vulnerable youth into joining violent extremist groups in their communities.”

His recommendations included the establishment of community policing structures, collaboration between media, community leaders, and the government to educate the youth about the dangers of banditry, and fostering law-abiding behavior.

Also in her presentation titled “Youth and Banditry in the Northwest Region: An Insight into the Learning Process,” Dr. Halima Sa’adiya Adamu from the Department of Political Science and International Relations highlighted the widespread impact of banditry on economic and human development in the northwest region.

Dr. Halima also said the effect of banditry is extensive. In addition to complicating the security crisis in the country, it has also increased the incidence of forced migration, food insecurity, cattle rustling, destruction of property, health challenges, displacement, humanitarian crises, and death.

She said the growth rate of these crimes can be attributed to unemployment, poverty, and poor education, stressing that deliberate efforts must be put in place to transform the politics and government systems to be more responsive to the needs of their people.

She noted that parents and the government play pivotal roles in the involvement of young individuals in this menace.

Her recommendations included fostering better communication between parents and children, community-driven initiatives, youth participation in decision-making processes, improving educational quality, creating conducive entrepreneurial environments, and organizing capacity-building seminars.

Some research by international organizations, such as the recent one conducted by Action Aid Nigeria, shows that Nigeria has witnessed about 95 percent of conflicts, including thuggery, banditry, kidnapping, killings, cattle rustling, and thuggery, mainly carried out by youth.

The incidence of banditry in Nigeria is a growing phenomenon that gravely threatens human security. It is prevalent in the North West geopolitical region of the country but has the potential to expand into transnational crime.

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Emirate Tussle:Justice Liman’s Ruling Not Helpful For The Judicial Process -Yadudu

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Reacting to the ruling, renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, told Daily Trust that the judge’s pronouncements were strange and baffling by approbating and reprobating in the same breath.

He said the development was not helpful for the judicial process, stressing that the judge assuming jurisdiction on the fundamental human rights aspect and refusing the same on the validity of the substance of the case–the Kano emirates law–has “muddled up the case, and it is very unbecoming of a judge who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal”.

Professor Yadudu clarified that while he was not accusing the judge of any impropriety, the pronouncements were unbecoming. “How can you say the actions taken in pursuant of a law are set aside, and then say you are not delving into the validity of the said law?” he queried.
Prof. Yadudu said further that the judge had more or less held that he lacked jurisdiction on the issue by transferring the case to another judge, but still went ahead to set aside the governor’s actions.

He said that the ex-parte order should no longer be of any currency because it is being challenged at the Appeal Court, and the judge himself admitted knowledge of this by granting a stay of proceedings and also deciding not to grant an order to nullify the law.

“All these are avoidable. It is not helpful for the judicial process. It is strange and doesn’t speak well of the judge. The question of whether the governor’s actions came before and after the exparte order is a question of fact or evidence. It seems from the record that the order came after,” he said.

-Daily Trust report

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Kano Emirate Law 2024 Remains ,But Governor’s Action Voided

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A Federal High Court in Kano has set aside all steps taken by Kano state government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law.

The Kano House of Assembly had repealed the law after which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf implemented it by dethroning Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Kano.

The governor also reversed the creation of four emirates, Bichi, Rano Karaye and Gaya, and sacked the Emirs appointed by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The law was also relied upon to re-appoint the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

But a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, challenged the propriety of the law and asked the court, through his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), to declare it null and void.

In his ruling on Thursday,  Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman set aside the action of Kano government, ordering parties to maintain status quo.

The judge held that the defendants were aware of the interim order granted by the court but chose to ignore it and went ahead with implementation of the law.

The judge held that he would assume his coercive powers to enforce compliance with his order.

However, the  judge transferred the case to Justice Simon Amobeda for continuation in view of his elevation to the Court of Appeal.

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Arrest Kwankwaso Now-Group

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The Arewa Youths Merger Group has called for the immediate arrest of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, the National Leader and 2023 Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party .This is contained in a press statement signed by. the chairman of the group Musa Mujahid Zantawa and made available to press.

This follows his recent statement accusing the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of fostering a new generation of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in Northern Nigeria.

Kwankwaso’s allegations have sparked significant controversy, prompting a strong reaction from the Arewa Youths Merger Group.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the association’s leader, Musa Mujahid Zaitawa, condemned Kwankwaso’s remarks as inflammatory and detrimental to national security.

Zaitawa asserted that such statements could exacerbate tensions and potentially incite violence in the region.

“Kwankwaso’s unfounded accusations against the federal government are not only reckless but also dangerous. They undermine efforts to combat terrorism and promote peace in Northern Nigeria,”

Zaitawa said. “We urge the authorities to take immediate action and arrest him to prevent further escalation of hostilities.”

Kwankwaso, a prominent political figure and former Governor of Kano State, made the controversial statement during a recent public address.

He accused the APC administration of failing to address the root causes of terrorism and instead contributing to its proliferation.

According to Kwankwaso, government actions and policies are inadvertently creating conditions conducive to the rise of a new breed of insurgents.

The situation remains tense as stakeholders from various sectors weigh in on the implications of Kwankwaso’s statement and the response from the Arewa Youths Merger Group.

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