Indications emerged yesterday that the police may soon parade the perpetrators of last Saturday’s breach of peace at the palace of Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, as the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, has inaugurated a powerful team of police detectives to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the fracas.
The Nation recalls that last Saturday, during the traditional Hawan Daushe, to mark the Eid-El-Kabir, at the Emir’s palace, the Kwankwassiyya faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in their thousands, converged at Hasiya Bayero Hospital, located opposite the Palace, with an alleged motive to disrupt the event, which was supposed to be graced by the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, a situation which resulted in a bloody clash.
Speaking to Reporters at the Bompai Police headquarters yesterday, the Command’s spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majia, said investigations into the fracas will soon be concluded, adding that police, “must bring the perpetrators to book.”
According to him, “the Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf inaugurated a powerful team of police detectives headed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Ahmed Muhammad Azare to immediately embark on painstaking investigation and find out the immediate and remote causes of the clash that occurred on the 2nd September, 2017.”
He said the Team’s terms of reference include to: identify the victims, attackers, their sponsors, masterminds, as well as any action or inaction taken so far against the police, adding that those found culpable would be prosecuted.
Reacting to press briefing credited to Kwankwasiyya Support Group, held in Abuja, on September 7 accusing the police of complicity in the matter, Majia described their claims as, “mischievous, malicious, callous and a demonstration of shame,” adding that, “their actions portray them as pathological liars.”
Giving a graphic account of the incident, Majia said: “the fracas occurred during ‘HAWAN DAUSHE’ at Emir’s Palace, Kano, on the second day of Eid-El-Kabir, an occasion organized by the Emirate Council, purely traditional and not political.
“During the occasion, District Heads (Hakimai) pay homage to His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano at ‘KOFAR KUDU.’ On that fateful day, the Kwankwasiyya faction of APC converged at Hasiya Bayero Hospital in thousands, with their supporters drawn from Sokoto, Kogi, and other neighbouring states and various Local Government Areas of Kano state with the ulterior motive to disrupt the occasion, which was not a political gathering.
“They were chanting ‘Bamayi! Bamayi!! Bamayi!!!, meaning, ‘we are not in support, we are not in support, we are not in support.
“This happened when the factional group (Kwankwasiyya), sighted the convoy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, approaching the venue of the occasion and suddenly started pelting the convoy.
“However, with the deliberate cause of chaos, a clash ensued between the two APC factions. With quick intervention of the police, normalcy was restored. Some notable Kwankwasiyya’s ardent supporters were rescued from the ugly incident including former Commissioner in the past administration, Dr. Yunusa Adamu Dangwani, former SSG, Dr. Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, former Director Special Services, Alhaji Danyaro Yakasai, and escorted by the police to their respective residences safely.
“However, it is quite disheartening that these same people that caused the pandemonium turned a leaf of shame against the police that saved their lives from being lynched. On no occasion that the Kwankwasiyya faction of APC sought for audience with the Commissioner of Police and their request was turned down, such assertion was nothing but an act of mischief.
“The Kano Police Command is calling on all the good citizens of the state to remain calm, and equally assuring them that no amount of propaganda, intimidation, misrepresentation and total evasion of facts will deter the police Command from carrying out its constitutional duties of maintaining law and order.
“The Nigeria Police will not allow any group or organization under whatsoever guise to disrupt the relative peace the citizens of Kano state are currently enjoying. The police Command is hereby issuing a stern warning to all miscreants under whosoever guise, that it will not fold its hands and watch thugs hatching ugly situation that may lead to mayhem in the entire state.
“The Command, therefore, calls on the good people of the state to collaborate with the Police to unmask these miscreants and perpetrators of last Saturday are incident as they will be dealt with in accordance to the extant laws.”