The Northern Emancipation Network (NEN) has condemned the actions of violent politicians and in particular, called attention to the lack of action taken against Kogi state SDP governorship candidate Yakubu, who has been accused of involvement in the killing of APC supporters and undermining security efforts.
The Northern Network is worried that despite these serious accusations, Yakubu remains free, sending a troubling message that those in power are above the law.
“This lack of action undermines public trust in the justice system and sets a dangerous precedent. The NEN is demanding that the police carry out a thorough investigation and bring Yakubu to justice if he is found guilty.
“Failure to do so would not only threaten the integrity of justice but also hurt the families of those affected by Yakubu’s alleged crimes”.
The NEN urges the police to act swiftly to ensure justice is served, and to restore faith in the rule of law,” Coordinator of the NEN Suleiman Abbah said in a press statement circulated in Abuja.
“NEN recognizes that political violence can have far-reaching consequences, including loss of life and property damage. We will not stand idly by as violence and lawlessness go unpunished.”
To this end, the NEN demands greater accountability among politicians, particularly those who are accused of violence. We believe that no one should be above the law, regardless of their status or position in society.
“The NEN therefore demands that political leaders and elected representatives focus on justice for victims and recommit to addressing the root causes of political violence. This includes working to promote dialogue and understanding among different groups, as well as supporting initiatives aimed at reducing poverty and inequality,” Abbah said.
Similarly, another group known as the Arewa Defenders Forum ADF, also charged Nigeria Police Force to arrest Muritala Yakubu, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) over unprovoked attacks and killings of opposition supporters resulting from his hate campaigns and propaganda.
In a statement signed by the Chairman Abdulfatah Salmonu and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, the group said “We demand swift action from the police to arrest Yakubu and other authors of mindless violence and bring them to justice to serve as justice to the victims and their families.
“This is necessary because a man whose conducts the police said, continue to jeopardize security efforts in the state, by moving around with a retinue of political thugs armed to the teeth cannot be allowed to move about freely.
‘We are worried also that weeks after the police have accused Yakubu of being involved in the killing of the supporters and undermining security efforts, yet he remains free. This lack of action sends a message that those in power are above the law and undermines public trust in the justice system.”