Police Advise Kwankwaso To Suspend Visit To Kano

The Police in Kano State has advised Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to suspend his visit to the state.

Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, who is now the Senator representing Kano central at the Red Chambers was scheduled to visit Kano on Tuesday, January 30.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf gave the warning to Kwankwaso on Friday, January 26, based on the grounds of maintaining ‘peace and security.’

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Kwankwaso and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the state were set to hold parallel political rallies on January 30.

The two separate events are centred on the February 10 local government election in the state and the 2019 general election.

The police said Kwankwaso only sent a letter to the command on January 25 which was dated January 16, 2018.

The command said based on intelligence report, it believed that Kwankwaso’s visit clashes with some other activities of the other faction of the APC and that the rally by the Kwankwaso group could be hijacked by “miscreants”.

He advised Kwankwaso to consider postponing his trip “until the tension generated by the planned visit is doused.”

Kano Police Present Four Officers Allegedly Wounded By Shiites

kano, police, ShiitesPolice authorities in Kano state, have presented four of its men allegedly wounded by the outlawed Shiite members, during their Arba’een procession.

This comes nearly a week since the clash between mobile Police officers in the state and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN).

Presenting the officers to reporters at the command’s headquarters, Police Public Relations officer, DSP Magaji Majia, confirmed the recovery of some weapons from the Shiites on the day of the clash.

“These are the four Police officers wounded by Shiites before the arrival of police re-enforcement on the day of Arba’een trek and the weapons recovered comprise of one AK 47 rifle they snatched from our officer, one cartridge and many other local weapons were also seen in possession of the Shiites.”

In a related development, leader of the movement in Kano, Sheikh Sanusi Abdulkadir, denied allegations of attacking Police officers by his disciples during the procession.

He maintained that his disciples did not attack the Police and according to him,”even the gun shot on this officer was done by the police themselves”.

“You know if you want to justify hanging a dog, you just give him a bad name, otherwise how on earth will a defenseless man snatch a gun from an armed Police officer, it doesn’t make sense to me,” he said.

A statement by the group on Friday said soldiers at a checkpoint in Potiskum, Yobe State, had attempted to plant weapons in the luggage of members of the sect to blackmail them.  

Meanwhile, over 100 members of the group are still in Police custody for allegedly conducting illegal religious procession, attacking and killing Police officers, carrying dangerous weapons, inciting violence and causing various disturbances across the state.

Police Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano

policePolice Arrest Suspected Rapists In Kano Police have arraigned 57 suspected rapists before a Magistrate Court in Zungeru Road, Sabon Gari area of Kano State in northern Nigeria.

Addressing reporters after the court proceedings, the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Musa Katsina, said most of the victims were receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals across the state.

Gang-raped

Most of the victims are said to be boys and girls below the age of 10.

According to the Police, some of the victims were gang-raped by men old enough to be their grandparents. Three of the victims tested HIV positive while several others are being treated of various Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Although most of the suspects denied any involvement in rape, the court ordered that they should be remanded, pending the outcome of further investigations.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, who said there would be no going back on his campaign against rapists, also called on parents to remain vigilant and ensure they know the whereabouts of their children at all time.

The command therefore urged members of the community not to hesitate in reporting any case of rape or child abuse to the nearest Police Station, as protection of children’s right is non-negotiable. He reminded them that the protection of children had become a collective responsibility of all.

Kano Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers

policeKano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 3 persons suspected to have kidnapped Umar Aminu, a 4 year old boy. 

Addressing a news conference, the Police Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majia, said that the arrest came at a time when the suspects demanded a ransom of 3 million naira for the release of the boy.

According to reports, a 25 year old Bello Wada conspired with Aliyu Tasiu and Fauziya Bala, to kidnap Aminu at his father’s residence in Tudun Wada Local Government.

Aliyu Tasiu is a family member who has access into the house of the grandmother that takes care of the victim.

Aliyu was said to have obstructed the view of the grandmother, while the child was taken away by Bello Wada who subsequently handed him over to Fauziya Bala, to keep pending the payment of the ransom.

“He is my brother but conspired with his friends to take away my grandson. He later called me that if I did not pay three million I will never see my grandson again,” the grandmother said.

However, in an interview with journalists, the suspects said that they kidnapped the child after his father turned down their request for some money to start up a poultry business.

“We kidnapped the boy because his father refused to borrow us money to start a poultry business, therefore we kidnapped the boy to see if we can be able to secure the money,” they said.

The Police said that the boy has reunited with his family and the suspects would be charge to court after all necessary investigations are made.

Police Parade Alleged Political Thugs In Kano State

KanoThe Kano State Police Command has paraded 48 persons who were allegedly involved in ballot box snatching during the just-concluded Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

Parading the suspects, the Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said that a former commissioner during former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau’s tenure, Mr. Musa Iliyasu, has been declared wanted after running away from the Police who were ordered to put him into custody for allegedly sponsoring the action in some parts of the state during the elections.

Mr. Iliyasu, who has been accused of mobilising youths to disrupt electoral process including snatching of ballot boxes at Madobi, the home town of Governor Kwankwanso, is currently at large.

According to the police, items recovered from the youths include ten ballot boxes filled with ballot papers, result sheets, card readers and some dangerous weapons.

The Police command, in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said it would head to court on the matter in accordance with electoral law.

Kano Police Deploy Troops For Elections

KanoThousands of police officers have been deployed for the conduct of the governorship and House of Assembly elections in Kano State, North-West Nigeria.

Addressing reporters shortly after the Inter-Agency Consultative Security Meeting on Elections, the State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, said that the officers are to ensure a peaceful conduct of the polls on Saturday, April 11.

Despite the success recorded during the presidential elections, Mr. Idris said that security agencies in Kano are not taking any chances in ensuring that no one interferes with the electoral process.

Many Kano residents, who have commended the Police for their role in the success of the presidential elections, have also said that they expect more proactive measures to curtail the excesses of some political party supporters.

Meanwhile, during a meeting with the Divisional Police Officers, the Police Commissioner also urged them to ensure that the elections are successful.

In another development, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano, Mr. Hussaini Halilu, says distribution of materials would be done on Thursday and Friday.

In the meantime, the Police have directed the restriction of movement from 6am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Kano Police Deploy Troops For Election

troopsMore than 5,000 security personnel were deployed ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano State, north-west Nigeria.

Addressing the troops, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said that no chances would be taken in ensuring violence-free elections across the state.

The troops comprise operatives from the Nigerian Police, the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Civil Defense, and all other paramilitary agencies.

Ibrahim Idris said that the officers are expected to ensure violence free elections at their respective Polling Units.

Meanwhile, INEC in Kano has also commenced the distribution of both sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

Kano Police AIG Urges Officers To Be Moderate During Elections

policeThe Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of zone one in Kano State, Tambari Yabo, has urged the Police officers not no use forceful means to achieve compliance during election.

The AIG said at a two day sensitization workshopthat the shift in election dates would help the Police to re-strategise forces towards successful election in the country.

Mr. Yabo said that the Police was more prepared to ensure a credible election in the country.

The workshop is to sensitize all area commanders in zone one, on what they should do during the election period.

He said that the Police, with reference to their constitutional responsibility, have been making provision to ensure a peaceful election in the country, adding that the adjustment of the election dates creates an opportunity to put finishing touches to preparations for a successful election.

The area of concentration by the Police includes accidental discharge, the use of force by the polling centers.

The AIG noted that the use of firearms by policemen on election duty is absolutely unnecessary unless an officer really needs to. The issue of inappropriate activities aimed at achieving compliance was also considered prohibited by the Police.

He also said that in the last two months, he has been meeting with critical stakeholders, especially the political leaders on the need to conduct themselves in accordance with the law.