May 31, 2023

Police in Kano have blamed supporters of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso for causing the political violence that left dozens of people injured in Kano last week.

Scores of Kwankwasiyya supporters were injured in the clash with supporters of Governor Abdullahi Umar Gnaduje during the famous Hawan Daushe ceremony at Kofar Kudu, the emir’s palace in Kano.

The state police commissioner, Rabi’u Yusuf and the spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, said at a news conference in Kano yesterday that members of the Kwankwasiyya faction of the APC were responsible for the clash.

He said their supporters from Sokoto, Kogi and other neighboring states and various local government areas of Kano State converged at Hasiya Bayero Hospital with the motive of disrupting the Hawan Daushe, an occasion organized by the emirate council.

Majia, who was reacting to a press briefing by the Kwankwasiyya group, said: “Although the occasion was not a political gathering, Kwankwasiyya members were chanting; ‘Ba ma yi’, meaning; ‘We are not in support.’ This happened when the factional group sighted the convoy of the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, approaching the venue and suddenly started pelting the convoy with objects.”

Majia said a clash then ensued between the two APC factions, but with the quick intervention of the police, normalcy was restored.

He assured that no amount of propaganda, intimidation, misrepresentation and evasion of facts would deter the police from carrying out their constitutional duty. He also said the Commissioner of Police had inaugurated a team headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Ahmed Muhammad Azare, to immediately commence investigation into the  cause of the clash.

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