- Celeberties on Friday, May 3, took to the streets of Abuja to protest the rise in banditry and kidnapping across the north east region of Nigeria
- The actors and actresses were led by veteran Nollywood figure Larry Koldsweat
- The celebrities urged the AGF to review the development in Zamfara state and come up with a list of what those masterminding the crisis in Zamfara state can be charged with
Veteran Nollywood actor, Larry Koldsweat, on Friday, May 3, led other Nigerian celebrities on a solidarity walk to call for an end to banditry and kidnappings in north western part of the country.
The celebrities under the auspices of Human Rights Monitoring Group, called on the world to take notice that high ranking politicians such as governors,former governors, ministers, traditional rulers from Zamfara state are behind the resurgence of killings in the north west.
Addressing journalists at a rally which held from the Unity Fountain to the presidential villa, Abuja, Koldsweat urged Nigerians to rise up against politicians that are sponsoring these killings all over Zamfara State with a firm demand that they stop it now.
Koldsweat said what the perpetrators of these crimes are banking on is that they have gotten away with their evil in some places and they can therefore spread their deadly merchandise to other parts of Nigeria.
"We speak to the killings in Zamafara and its environs. Those facilitating these killings began by making us initially think it was a case of petty crime gone wrong," Koldsweat said.
It later became cattle rustlers killing victims to steal cow. Then we began hearing of armed bandits. Even their harmed bandits have later been discovered to be militias that were unleashing violence as a smokescreen while the mineral resources, gold, in Zamfara state was being mined by the tonnes while the environment is degraded beyond comprehension and the citizens deprived of their livelihood," he said.
He further called on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice to immediately review the development in Zamfara state and come up with a list of what those masterminding the crisis in Zamfara state can be charged with.
He said the AGF must also create a list of the politicians and officials that can immediately go on trial since we recognize that a couple of those involved currently enjoy immunity.
"The head of the snake will be cut off when it has exited the hole of immunity it is hiding in but pending that time other parts of the body can be cut off. So the country should be able to do something about the other members of the syndicate that has satanically cheapened the value of human life in Zamfara state," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported the federal government on Wednesday, April 24, revealed how illegal mining activities aggravated insecurity in Zamfara before its April 7 prohibition order and launch of special operations to stop bandits in the state.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who featured at a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Programme, “Good Morning Nigeria”, said banditry, kidnapping, killing and cattle rustling were largely sponsored by the illegal miners in the state.
Mohammed said the miners were fueling instability in the state to pave the way for their illegal activities.
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