From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Twenty eight suspected bandits and political thugs have been arrested following attacks on residents and the resident of Kano state chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Prince Abdullahi Abbas, during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally in Kano on Sunday.
The new Commissioner of Police, Kano state Command, Mr. Mohammed Wakili who assumed office on Monday told journalists that 28 suspects are already in the police net, just as he vowed to prosecute them.
The AUTHORITY reports that political thugs went on rampage during the presidential rally, allegedly attacking residents and party rivals.
The new police boss who frowned at the Sunday incidents, linked the attacks to drug abuse and vowed to stamp out the menace in the ancient commercial city.
According to him, “drug dealers and drug barons are destroying our society. Drugs reduce the dignity of our children. These youths who brandish dangerous weapons do so under the influence of drugs. Drugs reduce them to the level of morons. Drugs lead our promising youths into all sorts of crime.
“I am in Kano to fight drug abuse; because I learnt that they sell drugs here like the way they sell groundnut—I will not allow such trend. I call on parents, religious and traditional leaders, community leaders and opinion leaders to join me in this war against drug abuse in Kano.
“It is a war we must win. When we win the war against drug abuse, we would have succeeded in reducing other acts of criminal activities.”
Wakili further stated that investigations into the Sunday attacks have fully commenced, adding that it will be followed to a logical conclusion.
He also indicated his readiness to ensure protection of lives and properties 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.
According to him, “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.
“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.
“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.”