Bandits-held territories: “Election may not hold in Kaduna, and some North-West States” – University Don

A university don and the Director, Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training, Zaria, Prof. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed, has warned that election may not hold in some North-Western States due to the emergence of a group deadlier than bandits.

According to him, the group, operating around Birnin-Gwari axis in Kaduna State, and Dandume in Katsina State, has already started propagating its ideologies and controlling part of its territory.

Mohammed made the comment while speaking at the annual public lecture to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU), which was held at Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training, Mambayya House, Kano.

He said, “Presently, a group deadlier than bandits has appeared in parts of north-western States. The group now holds territory at Birnin-Gwari, Dandume, in Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, and even parts of Niger State. Already, they have stopped all political activities there and they are indirectly trying to take over the area from the government.

“This group is more dangerous than bandits; because bandits have no ideology other than that of killing and collecting money for ransom. But these people are already propagating their ideologies. I fear that the 2023 election may not even be held in these areas”.

According to the Don, the danger of uprising to uproot the government by force is that it may lead to anarchy as nobody knows who will take over. In sync with the lecture’s theme: “Party politics and electoral violence in Nigeria”, he said political violence was first introduced in Nigeria by the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) and Action Group (AG).

According to him, in Northern Nigeria, political violence was deliberately institutionalised to victimise Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) adherents.

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