Participants at a town hall meeting on security in Sokoto on Monday sought the prosecution of traditional rulers discovered to be involved in banditry and other criminal activities in the country.
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi State Deputy Governor Sama’ila Yombe-Dabai and the Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar were present on the occasion.
Others were the Emirs of Yauri, Zamfara,Gwandu, Mafara, Dansadau, Maru and police chiefs.
In communiqué after the meeting, the stakeholders also called for monarchs to be involved in security matters.
The communiqué was signed by the Emir of Argungu and Sokoto State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalist Isa Shuni.
It read in part, “Any traditional ruler found to be involved in banditry or any criminal activities should not only be deposed, but such a ruler should also be prosecuted in line with the extant procedure and due process.
“Government at all levels should redefine the role of traditional authorities, known for their historical roles of alternative dispute resolution, in safety and security management.
“The Federal Government should initiate a national traditional authorities’ conference on domestic and border security, whose resolutions should be implemented at local and state level.”
The stakeholders also called for the government to revamp the security architecture of the country and use modern equipment to fight crime.
They said, “It is further suggested that massive recruitment of properly vetted persons is undertaken and that state and community leaders are meaningfully involved in the process.
“It is believed that such a reorganisation will meet the challenging trends in violent crimes.”