*Calls on FG, and Kebbi State Govt, Zuru Emirate Council, To Check Activities of The Militia Group
*Says Militia Group Sits Over Appeals From Courts
*Says Group Kidnaps, Arrests and Kill Witnesses and Counsel as Part of Land Grabbing Technique.
The Birnin Kebbi branch of the Nigerian Bar Association has resolved to boycott all courts in the state following the unlawful activities and lingering impasse of ‘Yan Sakai, Zuru Emirate Council.
This decision was informed sequel to attacks both lawyers and judges are facing in the state by the group.
This was contained in a communique dated 2nd February, signed by the branch Chairman, Kabiru Aliyu, Esq and the Secretary, Aminu Hassan, after an emergency congress meeting which was held by the branch on 29th January, 2021, and made available to ASKLEGALPALACE.
NBA Birnin Kebbi also accused the group of land grabbing, abduction, torture, threat to kill amongst others.
Read the full communique below
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE CONGRESS OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, BIRNIN KEBBI BRANCH (THE EQUITY BAR) IN ITS MEETING HELD ON FRIDAY, 29TH DAY OF JANUARY, 2021 AT THE BRANCH SECRETARIAT.
The Association convened an Emergency Congress Meeting on 29th day of January, 2021 pursuant to the letter dated the 27th day of January, 2021 addressed to the Chairman of the Branch from its members practicing in the Zuru Judicial Division titled ‘RESOLUTION OF LAWYERS IN ZURU FOR INTERFERANCE IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE AND THREAT TO THE LIVES OF JUDGES, LEGAL PRACTITIONERS AND LITIGANTS IN ZURU EMIRATE BY ‘YAN-SAKAI’.
Herewith is attached the said Resolution and marked as Annexure ‘NBA 1’
It is noteworthy that the Association had made several efforts to ensure that all the stakeholders in the Administration of Justice and Kebbi State Government take necessary steps in curtailing the unlawful activity and lingering impasse of ‘Yan Sakai who crossed all the boundaries of Rule of Law, including resort to extra-judicial killings but to no avail.
The ‘Yan Sakai is an armed ethnic militia in Zuru Emirate established as a Vigilante group with the sole objective of curtailing the activities of bandtits, abductors and cattle rustlers in the Emirate. However, the group has no regulations to guide and control its activities. Therefore, the group metamorphosed into something else thereby usurping the powers of constitutted authorities by arresting, investigating, adjudicating and extra judicial executions. The group sits on appeal to cases already adjudicated upon by the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Sequel to incessant complaints against activities of the group, the ‘Yan Sakai communicated through Zuru Emirate Council that they would abstain from interfering with Administration of Justice but have reneged the undertaking.
The illegal activities of ‘Yan Sakai are quite numerous and have taken another dimension and most recent of which is the ugly incidence of 26th day of January, 2021, where a very senior member of the Association in person of Danjumma Rango, Esq was abducted, tortured and threatened to be killed by the group for a matter relating to land dispute pending before High Court of Justice, Zuru Division in which the members of the group were interested on a party against whom the Counsel is appearing.
In the whole, the group equally prevents litigants from attending courts or obey court orders; abducts and kills witnesses all aimed at aiding land grab. Now, Court’s judgments, summons, warrants, and orders are no longer respected, obeyed and cannot be executed for fear of intimidation by the group.
Based on the foregoing, the Association concluded that the lives of its members, Judges, Judicial Staff and litigants are in grave danger as a result of the activity of ‘Yan Sakai.
Therefore, the Association hereby in strong terms condemned such acts of lawlessness and resolved that:
1. Lawyers throughout the State will from the 3rd day of February, 2021 to 24th February, 2021 boycott all courts in the State for three weeks to show our dismay on the lingering issue;
2. We call on the Federal Government, Kebbi State Government and Zuru Emirate Council to address the impasse forthwith;
3. We also call on all the relevant security agencies to be up and doing in containing the excesses of ‘Yan Sakai;
4. For safety reasons and in solidarity with our members in the Emirate, we call on the Heads of Courts (Hon Chief Judge and Hon. Grand Kadi) to shut down all Courts in the State indefinitely until safety of Judges, magistrates, lawyers, litigants and court staff can be guaranteed.
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