Arrest of Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos State by DSS, Witch-Hunt –Northern Forum
The Concerned Northern Forum (CNF) has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Alhaji Aminu Yaro Dogara, Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos State and Chairman of Council Arewa Chiefs in Southern Nigeria by the DSS over what was described as a “connection to the ongoing investigation of the suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele”
The was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Forum Mohammed Danlami and made available to the media in Kaduna
The Forum said the law of the land is clear, so they urged DSS to charge the case to court and not continuous detention of an individual without any legal definition, saying it is also inhumane to arrest and continue to detain such an elderly man with couples of health challenges and keep him away from his family.
“We are as compelled as the readers to ask the question is Sarki Aminu a Staff of the CBN? A director? or even a junior staff? the answer remains bold in block letters NO.
“On the Contrary, Sarki Aminu Yaro is a traditional ruler, the head of the Hausa community in Lagos, a peaceful, harmless leader not capable of hurting a fly, and a unifying factor who came in as a King and brought together the polarised Arewa community in Lagos and ended decades of rivalry, threats and destruction of lives and properties.
“The President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu coming from Lagos is well aware of these facts and will concur that Sarki Aminu Yaro has played a very crucial role in neutralizing the tense atmosphere of the Hausa community and even with other ethnic groups in Lagos.
“Ordinarily, we would have overlooked the charade and show of shame by the DSS under the leadership of a man that is desperate to keep his job. ”
The Forum added that the once-respected DSS recently embarrassed the. country when it was mandated to file charges against Emefiele or release him unconditionally.
They stressed that while Nigerians were waiting for detailed and mind-blowing corruption and terrorism charges against him, the agency came up with an allegation of possession of a Pump Action Rifle against the law-abiding citizen.
“While Nigerians are yet to recover from the shock, they have started another macabre trying to link the revered Traditional Ruler to the Pump Action Riffle (Since that is the only Charge against Emefiele, that is known to the public).
“Our group sees the arrest of Alh Aminu Yaro Dogara as an affront to Arewa Tradition and a desperate attempt to humiliate our leaders. Which when left unchallenged, will lead to the breeding of internal colonialism by a man we willingly and gladly voted for, despite being challenged morally, historically, and integrity-wise. We did so to uphold the unity of this country. Our love for the oneness of this country shouldn’t be mistaken for weakness.
“Also, the arrest of Sarki’s wife is a brutality to the sacred Arewa culture, an innocent woman without any negative incidence in the public domain. On the other hand, the DG’s wife has had a negative public display, an incident involving the now Governor of Kano State, Engineer Abba Kabir at the airport. If any woman needs arresting, the DG should look inward and do the needful.
“Equally, it is on record that the Ooni of Ife, Yoruba’s foremost traditional ruler, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and Gran Imperio Group’s multi-million-naira Essential Homes was in May 2021 by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism for real estate mega fraud after some of his companies allocated apartments and land that existed only on paper to hundreds of investors. To this day, the DSS is yet to arrest the Oba or invite them for questioning to help the suffering Nigerians that are victims of fraud perpetrated by the most powerful men in our country or from untouchable parts of the country.
“The country is already polarised along ethnic lines and regional segregation, arresting this important traditional figure will only lead to more harm than good and add more problems to the stock of existing ones.
“If the DSS is serious about the fight against corruption, they should start with the Ooni of Ife whose case has been in the public domain long before now.
“While we call on the Traditional rulers of the Arewa extraction to wake up and fight to protect one of their own because his arrest is an assault and conspiracy against the Northern traditional institution.
“We wish to admonish the DG of the DSS to know that no amount of desecration of Arewa Tradition will make him stay longer than God’s appointed time on the seat he never dreamt of occupying. It was God’s will for him to be called from retirement to occupy the seat. In the same way Nigerian Customs Service has been returned to Serving Officers, the case of DSS, won’t be different.
“We wish to also call on President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to be aware of Banana peels, and not to allow himself to bite the hands that are feeding him as 2027 is just like tomorrow.”