The Kano State Police Command has been advised to always act professionally and dispassionately and not allow any politician in or outside government to influence its action.
Alhaji Sagir Isa, spokesman of Kano Renaissance Group, made the call yesterday in a media conference in Abuja. The group, a socio-cultural non-governmental organisation involved in pro-people activities, said it finds it necessary to wade into the political crisis between incumbent governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor and benefactor Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso because elders that should have taken the initiative to intervene have remained rather aloof, and because the police seems to have taken sides with the governor in the saga.
“While we are definitely apolitical, we are disturbed that the Kano Command of the Nigerian Police Force has taken sides on the matter. Senator Kwankwaso’s sympathizers have been announcing for about two months now that their master is coming to Kano on Tuesday (tomorrow), but all of a sudden, the state chapter of the APC, which enjoys full support of the governor, rolled out a timetable saying they also are going to do a rally the same day Keankwaso is visiting, and in Kwanar Dangora, the same and only route Kwankwaso and his supporters are going to take from Kaduna to Kano. People living in Kano will not forget that about a month ago, a serving commissioner in Kano boasted that the best way for the government to scuttle the Kwankwaso visit was to schedule an event on the same day. And that is what very sadly has manifested now,
“This is a clear invitation to anarchy. Sadly, instead of the Nigerian Police to ask the APC to shift the date or change the venue of their rally, the police shamefully resorted to asking Kwankwaso not to go to his own home state of Kano, forgetting that his visit was scheduled earlier, and that his movement is guaranteed by the constitution which the police must learn to respect.”
The group asked the police to also ensure there is no breakdown of law and order by providing adequate security cover to both events, and ensuring that neither the APC nor its agents caused any violence, especially since Kwankwaso has insisted his visit is a homecoming, and is planned to hold peacefully.
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