The Kano State Police have confirmed the arrest of 50 suspected political thugs in connection with attack on innocent passersby during PDP Presidential Campaign in the state.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, the newly posted Police Commissioner, Wakili Mohammed, warned pooliticians to stop using thugs, weapons and intoxicants during rallies and other activities.
“The Kano Police Command is pleased to intimate and update the general public on the rampage behavior of some thugs during the 10th February 2019 PDP Presidential Campaign held at Sani Abacha Stadium Kano. Some thugs armed with various forms of weapons went berserk and started attacking innocent passersby and dispossessing them of their belongings including GSM phones, money and other valuables,” Mohammed said.
“50 suspects were so far arrested while exhibits of weapons including knives, cutlasses, cudgels, sticks, swords, suck and die, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and other intoxicant substances, and GSM phones were recovered from them. Investigation into the incident is in progress while suspects arrested will all be charged to court for prosecution thereafter.
Members of the General public especially Politicians are sternly warned to stop using thugs, weapons and intoxicants during rallies and other activities or face the full wrath of the law, please.” He added.
It would be recall, The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has cautioned politicians in the state against acts capable of plunging the state into political crisis. The monarch made the call on Tuesday while addressing a news conference on the resurgence of thuggery in Kano metropolis. He said the call was also necessary in view of the recent happenings in the state where youths suspected to be thugs attacked innocent residents.
“We decided to address the news conference because reports reaching us indicated that there is serious threat to people’s lives and property.There should be tolerance among politicians and other citizens. Politics is not a war, if you have your PVC you elect leaders of your choice,” the monarch said. He stressed the need for politicians to exercise restrain to avoid undesirable elements infiltrate their rank to perpetuate violence in the state and the country.
The emir urged security agents to rise up to their responsibility by bringing criminals to justice.He also urged traditional rulers in the 44 Local Government Areas of the state to support security agencies, adding that violators should be handed over to the police. Traditional rulers in the local government areas should caution their subjects on the importance of peaceful coexistence,” he said.
The Emir, who prayed for peaceful election in the country, called on the residents to be law abiding for the development of the state and the country.
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