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Sultan advocates prosecution of monarchs aiding bandits

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called for removal and prosecution of any traditional or religious leader aiding insecurity in any part of the country.

He spoke on Tuesday during a town hall meeting on security challenges in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara state.

According to the monarch, such a leader should be prosecuted and jailed.

The Sultan lamented some traditional leaders, including Emirs and District Heads, were involved in banditry.

According to him: “It is a thing of worry that traditional leaders are part of the unholy and nefarious activities.

 “They are core agents and custodians of our cultural and religious values. We will not take it. We will extend our support to governors for actions against anyone one found guilty.”

Government, he said, should “not just remove them, prosecute and possibly jail any one established and found culpable as a disciplinary measure to check excesses on general security situation fast affecting the nation.”

The Sultan disclosed his readiness to rally support for governors with impacting programme that would end all forms of security threats and challenges.

He supported dialogue with the bandits, saying “if such approach can be embraced by the US over Taliban, why won’t our governors employ same by reaching out to the perpetrators and persuade their conviction”.

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