The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said a governor in the North West is sponsoring bandits in the region.
The APC said this in reaction to a protest led by Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the abduction of some schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state.
Secondus had led a protest on Thursday in Abuja to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the abducted students.
The demonstration held around Legacy House office of the opposition party, in the Maitama district of the Federal Capital Territory.
The schoolboys were later released on Thursday night.
But a statement by Yekini Nabena, APC deputy national publicity secretary, said the opposition party is leveraging on the country’s security challenges to make political gains.
Nabena said the country’s security agencies must be on the alert over the plans to destabilise the North West.
“Our security agencies have intelligence reports linking one of the North West governors of colluding and sponsoring the violent and criminal activities of bandits in the zone.
“I won’t give details because of the sensitive and security nature of the issue. However, relevant security agencies must as a matter of urgency investigate the report and determine its veracity. Human life is not what we should play political chess games with.
“We must shun enemies of the country including the PDP who seek political gains from issues of insecurity.
“Our security agencies must also be alert to plots to further destabilise the North West region and frustrate the quick and safe release of students abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara,Katsina State,” Nabena said.
In August, the Department of State Services (DSS) questioned a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),Obadiah Mailafia, after he claimed that a northern governor was sponsoring Boko Haram.