The Nigerian Police has explained why it has refused to prosecute the Northerners who issued 3 months to Igbos to quit their territories before October 1, saying don’t want the fragile issue to escalate.
It has been 9 days since Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai ordered the arrest and prosecution of those behind the issuance of the quite notice to the Igbos, but police has not made any arrest up till now.
It was on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, that the organisation of Northern groups, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum inclusive, declared that Igbos must vacate all 19 northern states, or be force to leave, before October 1, 2017.
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THe quit notice was declared during a press conference held at the Arewa House in Kaduna. And the next day, Governor el-Rufai declared immediate arrest and prosecution on the signatories of the statement.
In a statement through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the governor said all signatories to the quit notice are to be arrested, saying “the state will not condole such careless statements and behaviours.
Saying that statement from Northern Youths are reckless, the governor therefore “directed State Ministry of Justice to prepare arrest and prosecution of anyone complicit in arranging this egregious assault on the rights of fellow citizens”
But reacting to the non-arrest of the youths, the acting public relations officer of Kaduna state Police command, ASP M.D. Muhammad said efforts are in top gear in order to make the arrests, though not stating reason for prolongation.
Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relation Officer while answering the question said the Inspector General of Police had ordered both the Commissioner of Police and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure those threats did not see light of the day. He ordered them to keep law and orderliness in the zone and that the ultimatum is do not materialise.
“As police, we will enhance peaceful co-existence and out agenda is to protect lives and property in Nigeria.”
However, a source in the police informed FELLOW PRESS that the reason for not arresting the northern youths who issued the ultimatum and the Niger Delta who issue a counter threat is because the Police is afraid the issue might escalate.
“If the police arrest one group now, the tension might be heightened and the fragile peace and order we are trying to manage might be destroyed and we would be blamed for it”
Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba sociocultural coalition known as Afenifere, also reacted to the non-arrest of those issuing threat. He noted that definitely the northern youths have the backings of the elites in the region giving them a go-ahead.
“Only the novice will not detect this as ‘hand of Jacob but voice of Esua’. If those young chaps are not bearing message for those behind the voice, they why has the arrest not been made all these while?
“From the beginning I knew it that those youths were sent, observing they held the press conference at the Arewa House in Kaduna, calling it bluff come what may. They did not even hold it in one hidden hotel of street corner”
Who gave them permission to use the Arewa House? Will a group want to hold meeting at the facility without the highest level having knowledge of their mission? Can we say that the Kaduna State Government never knew? The Police are just pretending about it; should have invited those youths and released press statement that they had cautioned them.
“Even while some Northern Elders condemned the act, they still have reservations and identified their frustrations as the reason for beating drumbeat of war against the Igbos.
“So the letter is openly written on the wall for every to understand, only the naïve will not know that he that drummer is beneath the water and that is why the butterfly is able to dance on the surface of the river”, Odumakin said.