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Rabiu Kwankwaso Petitions Buhari, Others Over Police Invasion



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Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, representing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano Central senatorial district, yesterday petitioned President Muhamnadu Buhari, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Police Service Commission (PSC) over an alleged invasion and sealing of his constituency office in Kano on Monday.

The former Kano State governor in the petition written by his political movement, (Kwankwasiya Amana) and dated August 24, alleged that the state police command under Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, carried out the action on the directive of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The police command had last Saturday prevented the Kwankwaso group from holding a mass wedding programme for 100 couples to avoid a clash between members of the group and that of the governor, who were billed to attend another function at the Government House, a few meters away from Kwankwaso’s office. But the police on Monday, invaded the office and sealed it off for several hours for allegedly conducting a mass wedding by the group. The Kwankawasiya group in the petition, however, described the action of the police as illegal, unconstitutional and reprehensible.

The group in the petition, signed by Hon. Aliyu Sani Madaki and Yusuf Bello Suleiman and made available to newsmen in Abuja, called on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Police Service Commission and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to call the Kano State police commissioner to order in the interest of peace in the state.

It specifically urged the Chairman of the commission, Sir. Mike Okiro, to investigate the invasion and recommend appropriate sanctions to those behind it. According to the group, the invasion and sealing of Kwankwaso’s constituency office in Kano by the police was nothing but a hatchet job on behalf of the state government, arguing that it was not security related in any way since the mass wedding did not take place there anymore.

The statement reads in part: “Having realised that the Commissioner of Police has aligned himself with the Gandujiya group of the state governor, we dropped the idea of a mass wedding and advised the couples to individually contract their marriages with their families and friends.

“To our dismay on Monday evening without any justification, the police came, armed to the teeth and illegally sealed our office on No 2 Lodge Road, where furniture, food and other gift items were stored for distribution to the newly wedded couples, whose marriages must have been contracted individually after the Saturday ban by the police.”

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