From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
No fewer than 70 suspects have been arrested by the police over the bloody clash between supporters of immediate-past Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and the House of Representative member, representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin Kofa.
The AUTHORITY also gathered that Hon. Jibrin and the chairman of Bebeji Local Government Area, Alhaji Ali Namadi Bebeji, were among some political leaders also invited by the police to furnish them with facts on the bloody political clash that led to loss of lives and property.
The Kano Police Command spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who spoke to The AUTHORITY on phone, said Hon. Jibrin and other political leaders from Bebeji were in the Command’s headquarters as at the time of filling this report, but insisted that, “they were not arrested. They were only invited for questioning and discussions in relation with the incident.”
The AUTHORITY reports that a bloody clash in Kofa, Bebeji Local Government Area, Kano on Thursday led to the death of over five people, while 60 cars and houses were also burnt.
The clash was between supporters loyal to former Governor of Kano state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and former House Committee chairman on Appropriation, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Jibrin Kofa.
Abdulmumuni Kofa who spoke to journalists on phone expressed shock over the incident, as he claimed Kwankwaso and his supporters attacked a political gathering in his house.
According to the lawmaker, “mobile police men attached to Senator Kwankwaso opened fire at my supporters when their convoy rammed into us, disrupting our political meeting.
“For more than one hour, the mobile police men shot sporadically killing people. I cannot confirm to you now the number of dead people, but they killed our people while many were also wounded.
“I received an information in the morning that Kwankwaso would be coming to Bebeji for political campaigns. Knowing who he is, I reported to security agencies and also cautioned my supporters. I said let him do his campaign while we hold our political meeting in my house. I am surprise when his convoy rammed into us.
“Last week, Kwankwaso campaigned in Kiru and Bebeji Local Government Areas only for him to destroy our bill boards and all our political identities. I don’t know why Kwankwaso and his boys should attack me. I have never crossed his part. I have never engaged in violent politics, I don’t no why me.”
However, Sunusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, the spokesperson of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabiru Yusuf, also confirmed the incident, but accused Abdulmumuni’s supporters of attacking Kwankwaso and his convoy.
According to eyewitness account, trouble started when Senator Kwankwaso’s convoy while returning from campaign rally passed through an open space where Kofa and his supporters were praying for the peaceful conduct of the general elections.
It was gathered that Kwankwaso’s convoy disrupted the ongoing prayer session which resulted in the bloody clash that reportedly led to the death of five people, while many others from both sides were injured.
According to an eyewitness account who pleaded anonymity, “the long convoy of Senator Kwankwaso which disrupted the prayers was actually the cause of the problem.
“It was, indeed, a bloody sight. The Kwankwaso people had provoked Kofa’s supporters who were conducting a peaceful prayer session for the peaceful conduct of the elections.
“I counted five dead bodies which were moved away on a police Hilux Van. Many vehicles were set ablaze; and buildings around the Kofa Neighbourhood were also burnt.”