SOKAPU denies alleged attack on Emir of Jema’a convoy

Apparently rejecting the Emirate institutions in a subtle way in their area, armed youths have allegedly attacked the Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Isa Muhammed Isa, the deputy chief Imam of the Emirate, Alhaji Kabir Kassim, has said.

On the contrary, the Assistant PRO of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, and former Special Adviser to late Governor Patrick Yakowa, Mr Reuben Buhari, has denied the allegations.

Nevertheless, briefing newsmen Thursday in Kaduna, the deputy chief Iman said the attack was carried on the Emir’s convoy, while returning back from Kaduna, after attending a security meeting on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017.

The deputy chief Iman, who was in a company of two others, said the Emir was on his way back to Kafanchan, when the attackers came on their convoy at Samaru Kataf, in Zangon Kataf local government area of Southern Kaduna, and in the process, three of their vehicles were destroyed.

According to him, the Emir and his entourage narrowly escaped brutal death by the armed youths at Samaru Kataf, by the grace of God, and forcefully detoured back to Kachia enroute Kagarko and Jaba local government areas and back to Kafanchan in the night “amidst tensions.”

They expressed dismay that this could have happened at the time the security, government, traditional and religious institutions are working round-the-clock to address the insecurity problems in the Southern Kaduna.

“Unfortunately, instead of condemning the attack on the Emir’s convoy, the Assistant PRO of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, and former Special Adviser to late Governor Patrick Yakowa, Mr Reuben Buhari, was on Hausa Service of BBC on Wednesday, 18th January, 2017, denying the attacks.

“This begs for answers, because acts of lawlessness should not be given cover or any kind of support by any individual or groups, especially a cultural group like SOKAPU,” they stressed.

Kassim also disclosed that Kaduna state Police Command has confirmed the attack through its PPRO, ASP Aliyu Usman, and the Mass Media report (not us).

While no known arrests have been made on the attack by Police, according Kassim, the Imam called on security agencies to investigate the matter and unravel the perpetrators, to avoid setting a wrong signal and a dangerous trend capable of affecting the peace-building efforts being pursued by governments at all levels.

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