By Ishaq Dan-Imam
The serving member of the House of Representatives, representing the Bodinga/Dange-Shuni/Tureta federal constituency of Sokoto state, has cried out on an alleged wave of political violence against PDP members and supporters in the constituency by the APC Reps Candidate, Nasiru Shehu, and Alias Bobo.
In a strong-worded statement in protest against the ‘pervasive’ violent attacks on innocent supporters of the incumbent Reps Member, Hon. Balarabe Shehu Kakale, MHR, the serving Reps Member, accused APC’s Nasiru Shehu (Bobo) of deliberately and maliciously inciting violence in the federal Constituency in his desperate move to win the forthcoming House of Reps election.
Representative Balarabe Shehu Kakale, alleges that “Nasiru Shehu Bobo and his thugs have in the latest round of such violence, which happened just on Sunday 20th Oct 2022, when he visited Tureta LGA, and resulted in the unfortunate death of 2 innocent young people namely YAHUZA ABUBAKAR (18yrs) and TSALHA HARUNA (35yrs) and left RABO HANTSI DABO and BELLO ABDULLAHI and physical harm to dozen others with various degrees of life-threatening injuries,” Hon. Balarabe Shehu Kakale had alerted the police and the public.
“The incident happened when in his usual style of recklessness and multiple violations of extant laws of the Federation – Police Act, Road Traffic/Safety, Peace and Public Order Acts, the Electoral Act, Prohibition of Money Laundering Act, VAPP Act, Child Rights Act, the Human Rights Act and the CBN Act shamelessly and illegally throws Naira notes on the road in a high-speed chase with his convoys of Drugs loaded, Dangerous weapons bearing Touts, Political thugs and Area boys which resulted in accidents, injuries, and Deaths.”
“In his characteristic specter of violence and disregard for the Security Agents, he, (Nasiru Shehu Bobo) always drag the respected names of the Hon Minister of Police Affairs Alh Muhammadu Mai Gari Dingyadi (Katukan Sokoto) and the IGP Usman Alkali Baba (CFR) into the mud as claims to be acting on instructions and backing of these top government officials whom he claims, give him full Police police protection to perpetrate the ‘Barbaric acts’ among other allegations against the APC’s Candidate.
Balarabe Kakale says, “on 13th July 2022, during the House of Assembly re-run primary election in Bodinga, ‘Bobo’ in his usual violence and Security Agents abuse and trigger itching behavior played a central role in mobilizing security agents to disrupt and disperse delegates using excessive force, firing of live rounds, tear gas and illegal arrest and detention leading to multiple injuries and chaos in the business environment of the commercial city of Bodinga.”
Again, sometime in August 2022, Nasiru Shehu (Bobo) ordered the beating and detention of youths by Security Agents attached to him when he visited the Palace of the District Head of Bodinga. It took the timely intervention of the District Head of Bodinga and other Community Leaders to restore calm in the commercial town of Bodinga.”
All these incidents, the statement adds, “are not mere allegations as they are well documented and verified by the communities involved, the DSS and other security agencies and stakeholders”.
Kakale, however, demands that the Hon Minister of Police Affairs and the IGP- DSS, DPO, traditional rulers, and religious leaders, whose names, Nasiru Shehu Bobo, always use in committing political violence-should immediately investigate the law-breaking activities of Nasiru Bobo, without compromise on the laws of the country.