Southern Kaduna youth accuse Governor Yero of masterminding Deputy Speaker’s travails

Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero

The Governor described the allegations as false

Youth from Southern part of Kaduna State under the aegis of Southern Kaduna Progressive Youth Movement, have accused Governor Mukhtar Yero of being behind the arrest and arraignment of the Deputy Speaker of the State Assembly, Dogara Mato.

In a statement signed by its National President, Samuel Abbot, on Thursday, the group said Mr. Yero master minded the arraignment of Mr. Mato to intimidate him because of “his perceived rising influence”.

Mr. Mato and six former officials of Lere Local government were on Monday January 14, 2012, arraigned before a Federal High Court, Kaduna for alleged conspiracy and fraud amounting to N30 million.

They were arrested and arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following a petition against them by un-named persons from the local government area.

The Youth from Southern Kaduna, however, accused Governor Yero of being behind the petition.

The group also accused the governor of pursuing a deliberate policy of marginalising the people of Southern Kaduna and vowed to embark on “an in-depth campaign to enlighten our people on the course and plan of action to chart”.

They also criticised the governor’s decision to compensate victims of the violence that engulfed the state after the 2011 general election.

“Ultimately, citizens will be expected to be compensated whenever a riot takes place and properties are destroyed,” they said.

They also said the compensation is done to favour just a particular group of persons.

When contacted the spokesperson to Governor Yero, Ahmed Maiyaki denied that the governor has a hand in the prosecution of the Deputy Speaker.

“He is being tried for alleged offences long before governor Yero assume the mantle of leadership in Kaduna,” he said, adding that “what will the governor achieve by having one of the top ranking officials in the state arrested”?

Mr. Maiyaki also described the group as a mushroom one that is set up to “blackmail the governor and put him in bad light”.

On the appointment of aides, Mr. Maiyaki said it is a global practice for new administrations to appoint persons they found worthy that can help the administration govern effectively.

“The appointments are spread across five local governments and all those appointed were found competent, and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise,” he said.”This is nothing but an attempt to distract the governor, but I call on the general public to disregards these groups because they do not mean well for the state,” he said.

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