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NBA to boycott Kebbi courts for 21 days, blame Yan Sakai

NBA to boycott Kebbi courts for 21 days, blame Yan Sakai

NBA to boycott Kebbi courts for 21 days, blame Yan Sakai

The Birnin Kebbi branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has resolved to boycott all courts in the state following the alleged illegal activities of the local justice group, Yan Sakai, from Zuru Emirate.

In a statement signed by the branch chairman, Kabiru Aliyu, and secretary, Aminu Hassan, after an emergency congress in Birnin Kebbi, the lawyers accused the Yan Sakai group of land grabbing, kidnapping, torture and death threats, among others.

The congress followed incessant attacks on lawyers and judges in the state by suspected Yan Sakai members.

“‘Yan Sakai is an armed ethnic militia from the Emirate of Zuru, established as a vigilante group with the sole objective of curtailing the activities of bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers in the emirate. However, the group has no regulations to guide and control its activities. Therefore, the group metamorphosed into something else, thus usurping the powers of constituted authority by arresting, investigating, judging and carrying out extrajudicial executions. The group is appealing the cases already heard by the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

“Following the incessant complaints against the group’s activities, Yan Sakai communicated through the Zuru Emirates Council that they would refrain from interfering with the Administration of Justice, but they have reneged on that commitment,” the NBA noted.

Based on the group’s activities, the NBA has concluded that the lives of its members, judges, judicial staff and litigants are in grave danger.

“Therefore, the association in the strongest terms condemns such acts of wrongdoing and has resolved that lawyers across the state will boycott all courts in the state from February 3-24, 2021, to express our dismay at this persistent problem .

“We call on the Federal Government, the Kebbi State Government and the Zuru Emirate Council to immediately address the impasse,” the lawyers added.