Men of the Zamfara State Police Command have arrested the state youth leader for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Abdullahi Sani Dan-Azumi, for inciting public disturbance.
The suspect was reportedly arrested on Thursday by the police in Gusau, the state capital after a video in which he threatened those involved in the alleged molestation of the former state governor, Abdul-Aziz Yari, had gone viral.
The suspect was reportedly embittered by the arrest of Abdul-Aziz Yari by the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) on allegation of corruption.
He was quoted to have said on the video that “anyone that had a hand in the prosecution and molestation of former Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari would either die, lose his position or suffer badly.”
Dan-Azumi, who is already in police custody undergoing interrogation, may be charged for public disturbance and prosecuted before a Sharia Court in Samaru.
Meanwhile, a leader of the APC in the state alleged that the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nura Ibrahim Zarumi, has ordered the court in Samaru to be open despite the ongoing strike action by the judiciary workers in order to make sure that the youth leader was prosecuted.
But Zarumi said he was concerned about members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) that are on strike, not the Sharia judges.
He told journalists that it was the police that arrested the APC youth leader based on their own finding.
He said: “Either myself or my ministry have no hands in the issue. The police investigators have the right under the law to arrest any person alleged to have committed any crime.
“After the arrest of the suspect, they have power to investigate the allegation against that particular person.
“However, under the law, specifically Nigerian Constitution, they cannot detain a suspect above 48 hours and as such where they cannot conclude their investigation within the stipulated 48 hours, they have the option.
“In the case of Zamfara the section 128 of the Sharia Penal Code has empowered the police to apply to a sharia court for an order of detention of the accused but not above 15 days.
“The Sharia court judge has the legal right to grant or deny the request by the police in respect of the charges against the youth leader. So, the Zamfara APC should count him out of their debacle and face their issue with the police.”
Also, the former Attorney-General of Zamfara and APC legal adviser, Barr. Bello Umar, said: “The charges against the APC youth leader in Zamfara is that of inciting public disturbance and by law it is a bailable offense.
“It is unfortunate that despite all attempts to secure the release of the accused person on bail the police refused the request for reasons best known to them.
“There were people on ground ready to receive him on bail and produce him any time requested but the police were making things difficult.”