…it is not true, says Kwankwasiyya
From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Chief Whip of Kano state House of Assembly, Hon. Baffa Babba Danagundi on Thursday intimated the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris of an alleged plot by the Kwankwasiyya Group, a political movement loyal to immediate-past Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, to cause breach of the peace in Kano during the Sallah festivities.
Danagundi representing Kano Municipal, in a letter dated 13th June, 2018, signed by him, and addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris raised the alarm that chieftains of the Kwankwasiyya Group have allegedly perfected plans to wreak havoc in Kano during the Sallah celebrations.
In the letter, a copy of which was made available to The AUTHORITY, the lawmaker alerted the IGP of the ugly development and appealed to security agencies to come to the rescue of his constituency and save Kano from impending mayhem allegedly being sponsored by the Kwankwasiyya Group.
The letter was copied to the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno; the Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi 11; Speaker Kano state House of Assembly, Hon. Abdullahi Yusuf Attah and the state Director of Civil Defence.
The letter further accused leaders of the Kwankwasiyya Group of sponsoring miscreants to cause breach of the peace in Kano Municipal during the Sallah celebration.
Danagundi particularly accused former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Rabiu Bichi, former Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Water Resources to ex-Governor Kwankwaso, Dr. Haruna Adamu Dangwani of hatching a new plan to destabilize Kano.
According to Danagundi in the letter entitled ‘Notification of Illegal Activities of Kwankwasiyya People in Kano Under the Leadership of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso’ and addressed to the IGP, “I write to formally invite the kind attention of the Inspector-General of Police to recall the unfortunate incidence which occurred during the last year’s Sallah festivities at the Emir’s Palace, Kano where teeming supporters of Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso from Katsina, Jigawa, Bauchi and Kano, converged at the Emir’s Palace with the sole purpose to disturb public peace which the good people and Government of Kano enjoy.
“The Inspector-General of Police may wish to further recall that during the said incidence in which fight broke out within themselves due to failure to settle the amount promised the hired thugs.
“It took the intervention of the police and men of the State Security Services to rescue the victims and restore peace, otherwise, many people could have been killed in the mayhem.
“The said former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, former Principal Private Secretary, Dr. Haruna Adamu Dangwani (currently under investigation of an allegation of terrorism) and the former Commissioner for State Affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, are believed to be hatching new plans for organizing another illegal gathering capable of causing public disturbances during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations.
“In view of the information available to me and as the member representing Kano Municipal where the Sallah festivities take place, I find it appropriate to draw the attention of your good offices to note that anything that might occur to disrupt peaceful atmosphere of my Local Government and the state at large as a result of activities of Kwankwasiyya people, the above identified persons should be held responsible.
In a swift reaction, former Commissioner for State Affairs under ex-governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam described as false, claims by Hon. Danagundi that the Kwankwasiyya Group were plotting to cause mayhem in the state during the Sallah festivities.
According to him, “the Kwankwasiyya movement in Kano and in Nigeria at large is known to be very peaceful. Our people are very organized.
“In spite of extreme provocation, we decided to remain peaceful. We have been conducting ourselves in a peaceful manner in the last three years, even under extreme provocation by the state government and the likes of Dr. Banda Bubba Danagundi.
“Let me place it pm record that we are senior citizens and responsible citizens of Kano and will never be party to anything that will cause trouble on the state.
“So, we refute the allegations and we dismiss all the claims raised in the letter by Hon. Baffa Bubba Danagundi as very untrue and false.”