As political campaigns for the general elections intensify, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto state Council has expressed concern over the alarming rate of political thuggery leading to killings and looting in the state.
Political thuggery: NUJ.expresses concern over attacks, killings, looting
The Chairman of the council, Alhaji Isa Shuni made the observation while receiving Management and staffers of Golden Star Initiative and YIAGA Africa, a Non-Governmental Organizations who paid the council an advocacy visit.
The chairman noted with dismay how political thugs locally known as area boys were wrecking havoc on the innocent residents of the state unhindered.
He cited the reported killings, wanton looting and destruction of properties in some parts of the state allegedly perpetrated by political thugs belonging to major political parties in the state.
This, he said, is contrary to earlier assurances by the security agencies, the political parties and their candidates that the state will witness peaceful campaigns.
Shuni then canvassed urgent renewed commitment to peace among political candidates and their parties through the signing of a peace accord which should be mediated by the state police commissioner, Director, DSS, Civil Societies, NGOs and NUJ among other stakeholders.
He expressed fear that if the situation remains unchecked, there was the likelihood that the state may witness the most violent election ever in the history of the country.
He also called on security agencies to live up to their responsibility by arresting the perpetrators.