ACN urges Lamido halt persecution of state chairman


The Action Congress of Nigeria has called on Sule Lamido the governor of Jigawa State to immediately put a halt to the continued harrassment and political persecution of the Jigawa State Chairman of its party, Dr. Abubakar Hassan Fulata and members of his family.

In a statement issued at the end of its National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said it could no longer standby and watch Lamido continue to use the police and the courts in Jigawa state to haunt and intimidate Dr. Fulata and members of his family whose only sin is that he testified at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal that Sule Lamido is a secondary school drop out who never completed his secondary school education. Fulata had deposed before the court that although Lamido attended the famous Barewa College in Zaria, he never sat for the West African School Certificate.

Since then, the ACN alleged that Lamido has been subjecting Dr. Fulata to ”unimaginable persecution and harassment, a catalogue of which can only find parallel in the Uganda of Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

“For instance on the 9th of June while this matter was still before the Election Petition Tribunal, Dr. Abubakar Fulata was physically attacked with machetes and sticks at the premises of the Election Petition Tribunal by the PDP thugs under the very nose of the police.

Again on the 26th of June 2011 two days after the Election Petition Tribunal had ruled in favour of Sule Lamido, Dr. Abubakar Fulata was arrested and detained for “defaming” the character of Lamido whereafter he was remanded in prison for 8 days.

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“On the 11th of May 2012 notwithstanding a restraining order of a high court, a team of over 50 policemen arrested Dr Abubakar Fulata and detained him at the Jigawa Police Command for 3 days after which he was charged to court for kidnapping. He spent another 3 days in prison custody before he temporarily regained his freedom on the 19th of May 2012.

“On the 11 th of July 2012, the Dutse High Court inexplicably withdrew its earlier restraining order and Dr. Fulata was promptly declared wanted by the police for arraignment before a Sharia Court and has since then gone into hiding for fear of his life.

The ACN also alleged that Dr. Abubakar Fulata’s wife, a staff of Jigawa State Government, had been evicted out of her official quarters for no reason and his entire family as a result of the constant harassment and persecution have been forced to leave their ancestral home in Dutse.

“This political harassment and persecution of Dr. Abubakar Fulata and his family by Sule Lamido … is unconstitutional, unlawful and a gross abuse of power and has exposed the governor as intolerant, vindictive, despotic, ruthless and unfit to lead a civilised society,” the ACN said.

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