By Enoch Zigwai
On the 20th of September, 2017, the Kaduna state government in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, declared Amos wanted with a bounty of 100,000 naira. Funny and foolish as it appears, Amos Yakubu was the victim of Fulani attack in Damishi, who almost lost his life in the process having his hand macheted , which resulted to his being hospitalized for about two months to have his damaged nerves fixed.
While Amos Yakubu was in the hospital, the state government feigned ignorance of the attack even when it was clear the Fulani attacker was well known to Amos Yakubu and the community at large. As at 20th of September, 2017, the Fulani attacker was never apprehended, but Amos was declared wanted with an affixed ransom. In fact, at a point his two kids were threatened with an arrest; kids who were only but juveniles.
After such a declaration, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna was contacted to inquire why a development as such happened, where a victim is declared wanted while his known attacker walks free? Shocking and surprising as it may be, the CP denied ever knowing such development and said he was never briefed, copied or signalled. This is a case of gross irresponsibility from the government who released a statement and were quoted to have stated the Commissioner of Police was in attendance. This was confirmed, the state government lied and wasn’t truthful.
The CP who was determined to know the truth, decided to follow up the case which resulted to the arrest of the prime suspect, known to have attempted killing Amos Yakubu on the 11th of June, 2017. The suspect being a Fulani man (Ibrahim Usman) is well known and identified by the victim. His arrest was effected on Thursday 28th September, 2017, while he was charged before the Chief Magistrate Court in Barnawa on the 29th of September, 2017.
The questions being asked since 20th September remains – what satisfactory reason made the government to declare a victim of Fulani carnage wanted, without first arresting the known assailants? And until recently, why did the state government lie about the presence of the commissioner of Police during its security council meeting, when of a truth he wasn’t in attendance? Who in the government is interested in seeing the victim arrested and not concerned about justice in apprehending, or arresting, or declaring wanted the known Fulani Ibrahim Usman, whose aim was to kill Amos Yakubu? These questions remain unanswered.
The case has been adjourned to 30th November, 2017. Until then, Nigerians will be watching closely. Nigerians will be monitoring the crowd who also gathered on Friday during the court-hearing demanding for the release of Ibrahim Usman- the known and identified Fulani assailant. Nigerians will be keeping a close watch at the steps taken by the Kaduna state government in undoing or insisting on going after victims and not assailants. Nigerians will be keenly watching.