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Gov Nyako Quizzed Over Genocide Claim
Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State was grilled Tuesday at the Government House, Yola, by detectives from the Force Headquarters, over a recent memo he sent to the Northern Governors Forum, NGF, alleging genocide in the North by President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
It was gathered that the team of investigators, drawn from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Intelligence Bureau and the IGP Monitoring Unit, included two deputy commissioners, one assistant commissioner and two superintendents of police.
Reports say the first phase of the interrogation started at 10 am and lasted till 1.30pm but there would be a follow-up interrogation as the governor is expected to produce a proof of his allegations.
The areas said to have been concentrated on by the detectives were those of the federal government’s genocide to reduce the voting populace of the North, allegation of Boko Haram terrorism and the herdsmen attacks and killings which the governor alleged to be a project pursued by the government for political purposes.
Police spokesman, Frank Mba, confirmed the visit of the Police team to the Adamawa State Government House, saying the officers were on a fact-finding visit.
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, had warned politicians, including serving governors, against inflammatory and divisive statements capable of endangering the peace and security of the nation.
Governor Nyako had issued a memo on April 19, 2014, alleged the federal government is using “mass murderers/cut-throats imbedded in our legitimate and traditional Defence and Security organizations” to carry out the genocide.”
He said further that “the present federal administration has now become a government of impunity run by an evil-minded leadership for the advancement of corruption that is apparently enjoying the protection of the Federal administration,” and accused it of a determination to create strife between Muslims and Christians in the north and between one ethnic group and another.
Nyako said militias backed by the government are responsible for the rampant kidnappings in the north, saying that the federal government of organises the killing of citizens and then quickly attribute same to the Boko Haram sect.