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We’ve Not Forgiven Terrorist Turned Chief – Katsina Govt

The Katsina government and the state’s police command have stated that the renowned terrorist Ada Aleru is still a wanted person after being crowned the Sarkin Fulanin Yandoto by the Emir of Ynadoton Daji, Aliyu Marafa.

The country is in uproar over the awarding of Mr. Aleru, the traditional title.

The Zamfara State government suspended the Emir shortly after the event and disassociated itself from the choice to designate Mr. Aleru as the head of all Fulanis in the Emirate, as the title indicated.

2019 saw Katsina police offer a N5 million reward to anyone with information that would result in the capture of Mr. Aleru.

52 people were killed when Mr. Aleru is thought to have organized the assault on the Kadisau Community in the Faski Local Government Area. He claimed the assault was a response to his son Sulaiman’s incarceration.

He was listed as a wanted person in the state for offenses such as culpable homicide, terrorism, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

Aminu Masari, the governor of Katsina State, stated that the state administration had not pardoned the terrorist in a Tuesday morning interview with BBC Hausa.

He expressed amazement that the terrorist had been given a customary title by an emir in the neighboring Zamfara.

Even though Mr. Aleru has agreed to coexist peacefully with the Zamfara people, Mr. Masari stressed that his government still views him as a terrorist.

Zurmi-Jibia and Tsafe-Faskari are the two boundaries that Katsina and Zamfara share on two sides. Mr. Aleru operates in Tsafe-Faskari and targets villages in the two states, particularly those near the borders.

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When he learned of the award, Mr. Masari claimed he attempted to contact his Zamfara counterpart, Bello Matawalle, but was unsuccessful.

“It’s surprising because Katsina and Zamfara are the same. If a neighbor doesn’t support his neighbor, do you think he would be supported in his time of travails. So, it surprised me how they looked away from the travail of their neighbors (Katsina). It affected them too because a traitor, when he is done with your enemy, would turn towards you.

“We’ve not forgiven him and just as the police in Katsina said, they’re still looking for him. For me, the one I’ve business with is the governor (Zamfara governor) and I tried reaching out to him but he is not around and I did not get him. The police command here (Katsina) has the responsibility to reach out to the police in Zamfara to know what’s actually going on,” he said.

Despite learning that the state government had suspended the Emir over the coronation, he declared that he would still talk to Mr. Matawalle about the matter.

“The suspension of the Emir and inauguration of an investigative committee show the state government is taking action. So, we’ll arrest him when we see him. The only issue is that the police in Katsina can’t go to Zamfara and arrest him. So, if he dares enter Katsina again, we’ll arrest him so that he can answer for his crimes. Even if they said he has stopped, we know that here in Katsina, he is still killing people. His boys are still killing people,” he added.

In a similar spirit, Mr. Aleru is still a terrorist, according to Gambo Isa, a spokesperson for the police headquarters.

He expressed amazement at Mr. Aleru’s coronation. The terrorist is still wanted by his leadership, he continued.

“We’ve seen what he did in Kadisau and Faskari where over 200, including women and children, people were killed by him (Mr Aleru). That’s why we declared him wanted.”

He said the command still considers him one of the most-wanted on its list.

“We declared him wanted and we’re still looking for him. So, the N5 million bounty is still in place because the people of Katsina have not forgotten his atrocities. Even now, anyone who brings him to us would get that bounty. We’ve still not cancelled the ‘wanted’ declaration.”

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The Katsina government and the state’s police command have stated that the renowned terrorist Ada Aleru is still a wanted person after being crowned the Sarkin Fulanin Yandoto by the Emir of Ynadoton Daji, Aliyu Marafa.

The country is in uproar over the awarding of Mr. Aleru, the traditional title.

The Zamfara State government suspended the Emir shortly after the event and disassociated itself from the choice to designate Mr. Aleru as the head of all Fulanis in the Emirate, as the title indicated.

2019 saw Katsina police offer a N5 million reward to anyone with information that would result in the capture of Mr. Aleru.

52 people were killed when Mr. Aleru is thought to have organized the assault on the Kadisau Community in the Faski Local Government Area. He claimed the assault was a response to his son Sulaiman’s incarceration.

He was listed as a wanted person in the state for offenses such as culpable homicide, terrorism, armed robbery, and kidnapping.

Aminu Masari, the governor of Katsina State, stated that the state administration had not pardoned the terrorist in a Tuesday morning interview with BBC Hausa.

He expressed amazement that the terrorist had been given a customary title by an emir in the neighboring Zamfara.

Even though Mr. Aleru has agreed to coexist peacefully with the Zamfara people, Mr. Masari stressed that his government still views him as a terrorist.

Zurmi-Jibia and Tsafe-Faskari are the two boundaries that Katsina and Zamfara share on two sides. Mr. Aleru operates in Tsafe-Faskari and targets villages in the two states, particularly those near the borders.

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When he learned of the award, Mr. Masari claimed he attempted to contact his Zamfara counterpart, Bello Matawalle, but was unsuccessful.

“It’s surprising because Katsina and Zamfara are the same. If a neighbor doesn’t support his neighbor, do you think he would be supported in his time of travails. So, it surprised me how they looked away from the travail of their neighbors (Katsina). It affected them too because a traitor, when he is done with your enemy, would turn towards you.

“We’ve not forgiven him and just as the police in Katsina said, they’re still looking for him. For me, the one I’ve business with is the governor (Zamfara governor) and I tried reaching out to him but he is not around and I did not get him. The police command here (Katsina) has the responsibility to reach out to the police in Zamfara to know what’s actually going on,” he said.

Despite learning that the state government had suspended the Emir over the coronation, he declared that he would still talk to Mr. Matawalle about the matter.

“The suspension of the Emir and inauguration of an investigative committee show the state government is taking action. So, we’ll arrest him when we see him. The only issue is that the police in Katsina can’t go to Zamfara and arrest him. So, if he dares enter Katsina again, we’ll arrest him so that he can answer for his crimes. Even if they said he has stopped, we know that here in Katsina, he is still killing people. His boys are still killing people,” he added.

In a similar spirit, Mr. Aleru is still a terrorist, according to Gambo Isa, a spokesperson for the police headquarters.

He expressed amazement at Mr. Aleru’s coronation. The terrorist is still wanted by his leadership, he continued.

“We’ve seen what he did in Kadisau and Faskari where over 200, including women and children, people were killed by him (Mr Aleru). That’s why we declared him wanted.”

He said the command still considers him one of the most-wanted on its list.

“We declared him wanted and we’re still looking for him. So, the N5 million bounty is still in place because the people of Katsina have not forgotten his atrocities. Even now, anyone who brings him to us would get that bounty. We’ve still not cancelled the ‘wanted’ declaration.”

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