Kano: 28 arrested over attack on APC chairman’s residence

The new Commissioner of Police, Kano state Command, Mr. Mohammed Wakili on Monday said 28 suspected hoodlums have been arrested in connection with the bloody attack on residents and the house of chairman of Kano state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally in the state.

The Nation reports that some hoodlums and bandits believed to be PDP supporters had attacked the residence of the APC chairman and allegedly matcheted one of the sons and two others.

Addressing newsmen at the police headquarters in Bompai, Wakili he said investigations into the incident have commenced, and will be followed to a logical conclusion, adding that anyone found to be involved or to have masterminded the attack will be decisively dealt with according to the law, no matter how highly place.

Wakili pledged his preparedness to ensure a safe environment before, during and after the general elections, adding that politicians and political parties participating in the exercise should play by the rules, as the police will ensure fair and equal treatment to all.

“We will not allow a few people among us to operate as if there are no laws. We will not allow them to operate as if Kano is a jungle. We will not allow what happened on Sunday (10 February) to repeat itself again.

“The position of the law in brandishing and carrying arms dangerous weapons during political rallies, electioneering campaigns, elections and even ordinary days, is clear; and at all times, the law is in place.

“Nobody should use the children of poor people to commit mayhem, while their own children are studying overseas. The Peace Accord has been signed and its rules and regulations are still in place; and I expect politicians in the state to respect the Peace Accord deal.

“It is unfortunate that on Sunday (February 10), we saw how thugs were carrying arms and openly brandishing dangerous weapons. We will not tolerate such act of lawlessness again.”

Wakili who assumed office on Monday added that, “there is a new Sheriff in town. We are not going to be partisan; we are not going to support A against B. Already, we have arrested 28 suspects over Sunday’s attacks. Investigation is in progress. We will make sure we reach to the conclusion. And whoever is found guilty will face the wrath of the law.”

He further stated that, “I also want to assure Kano people that in my tenure, Kano will be one of the safest state in the country; and those who wants to disrupt the peace of the state will be dealt with accordingly.”

Wakili read riot act against drug dealers, insisting that one of his top priorities in Kano is to fight drug abuse and fish out drug dealers and barons.

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