..Calls on North to rise in defense of their son
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Officials of all states coordinator and students wing of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), NGOs and CSOs have kicked against the indictment of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, by United States Court on his alleged involvement in charges filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
The group, in a communique at the end of its roundtable conference held on Saturday in kaduna described the purported reports as a breach of global standard legal and diplomatic practice.
presented by Communique Drafting Committee Chairman Abdulazeez Sulaiman, Ben Major Idoko and seven others, stated that Participants “critically reviewed the events that have unfolded since the reports of a purported indictment of Abba Kyari by a US Court for involvement in charges filed by FBI against a suspected fraudster, Ramon Abbas Hushpuppi.
CNG chairman explained that “Concerned about the deteriorating security situation and other threats to education and personal integrity and liberty of eminent northerners, a joint parley of CSOs and NGOs drawn from the 19 states of the North, held a roundtable with officials of all states coordinators and students’ wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups.
“The roundtable primarily deliberated on three key issues that involves Abba Kyari/FBI saga, current security challenges, voter registration apathy”, he said.
According to him, Participants at the roundtable specifically
noted several procedural lapses bordering on breaches of international protocol in the supposed FBI attempt to wrap DCP Kyari in the Hushpuppy affair as well as the obvious haste by the Nigeria Police authorities to strips him of his position with an immediate replacement.
“That the FBI, an acclaimed American security agency, might invariably have breached the global standard legal and diplomatic practice by neglecting to contact either the Nigerian High Commission in the US or the Nigerian authorities through the FBI liaison offices based in Nigeria before going ahead to file an indictment of a top Nigerian Security Officer.
“That the FBI might have breached another fundamental criminal justice procedure by not according Mr Kyari the benefit of being heard before going ahead with the purported indictment by an American Court in the US for an offence purportedly committed in Nigeria, triable under Nigerian laws, by Nigerian courts and on Nigerian land.
“A breach of decorum and negligence of procedure might have also occurred when the FBI hurriedly published the purported indictment online without first intimating the Nigerian authorities”, adding that it was an outright breach of Mr Kyari’s fundamental right to fair hearing by both the FBI and the Nigerian police.
On insecurity and Education, Suleiman said participants specifically placed premium on the negative impact of the general and pervasive insecurity on the educational potential of the northern region with the widespread and indiscriminate forced closure of schools and distortions to the academic calendar.
While they observed that most northern states have abandoned the education sector with decayed infrastructure and inadequate personnel, Participants also noted the potential threat to educational accessibility and affordability to children of the majority poor, posed by incessant hikes in tuition in several states across the region.
The group also noted there are “attempts by some state governments to commercialize or outright sell some institutions of learning at the expense of the region’s educational pursuit.