Police arrested 61 suspected political thugs in Kano on Wednesday.
In a statement on Thursday, the Kano State Police Command Spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the arrest is in line with the directives of the Inspector–General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba on ensuring peaceful election processes.
In the statement, Kiyawa said: “The Command’s efforts to rid Kano State of all forms of crimes and criminality, especially the menace of Political Thuggery (Daba) during political campaigns, clearance operations conducted during a political activity at Sani Abacha Stadium Kano led to the arrest of Sixty-One (61) suspected thugs.
“Thirty-Three (33) Knives, Eight (8) Cutlasses, Four (4) Scissors, One (1) Parcel and One Hundred and Seventeen (117) Wraps of Dried Leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp, Three (3) Bottles of Suck and Die, Five Hundred (500) pieces of suspected Exol Tablets and bunch of charms were recovered from them. All suspects will be charged to court for prosecution.”
According to the statement, prior to the clearance operation, Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) meeting and Peace Summit involving all critical Stakeholders were held at the Command’s level, and election stakeholders meetings were also held at Area Commands and Divisional Police Offices level.
It added that all those in the meeting including political party leaders and candidates promise to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies in the State for a safer and more secure election process.
The CP Mamman Dauda appreciates the good people of the State, other Security Agencies, the Media, Vigilante Groups, and our Community Policing Stakeholders for their prayers, support, encouragement, and cooperation.
“Currently, with a low crime rate, and a serene and peaceful atmosphere in the State, the Command will continue to remain steadfast in safeguarding life and property in the State,” he said.