News By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano.
Aug. 30, 2011 – Kano Governor, Kwankwaso Orders Detained Boko Haram Members Released
Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has ordered security agencies in the state to release suspected members of the Yusufiyya Movement, popularly known as Boko Haram, as well as other sect members who are currently in their custody.
Gov Kwankwaso gave the directive during an interview with newsmen after granting unconditional pardon to no fewer than 20 prisoners in the state. He stated that there was no justification whatsoever for the continued detention of the members of the religious sect.
Kwankwaso declared that at no time did the state government ever authorize any security agency to arrest or detain any member of any religious group.
“As a government, we consider all Islamic and Christian religious sects the same. It is the duty of government to embrace all religious groups toward peaceful coexistence among citizens,”.
Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso further said the state government was unaware of the alleged arrest of any member of any religious group, neither did the state government ordered the detention of members of the Islamist group.
“But if there is any member of the sect in detention, I am hereby calling on the security agencies to either release or charge such person to court within the time stipulated by the Constitution,” he said.(Daily Times)