Police arrest 70 over bloody clash in Kano

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More than 70 people have been arrested over the bloody clash between supporters of the 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.

Confirming the arrests to our reporter on the phone, the spokesman of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, also said that Hon. Kofa and the chairman of Bebeji Local Government Area, Alhaji Ali Namadi Bebeji, were also invited by the police.

DSP Haruna, however, noted that Kofa was only invited alongside some political leaders in the area for investigation and questioning on the cause of the clash.

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The Nation recalls that five people were feared dead on Thursday at Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State when supporters loyal to former Governor of the state, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and former House Committee chairman on Appropriation, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Jibrin Kofa, engaged in a bloody clash.

According to eyewitness account, trouble started when Senator Kwankwaso’s convoy, while returning from a campaign, rally passed through an open space where Kofa and his supporters were praying for the peaceful conduct of the general elections.

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It was gathered that Kwankwaso’s convoy disrupted the prayer session, resulting in the bloody clash that reportedly led to the death of five people while many others were injured on both sides.

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.”

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Confirming the incident, the House of Representatives member in a telephone interview said that senator KwanKwaso’s supporters attacked his house on their way back from Bebeji and Kiru local Government.

According to him, over 60 vehicles were burnt while his house was not left out.

He added that the mobile policemen attached to Senator Kwankwaso shot sporadically for more than one hour, resulting in the death of many.

The spokesman of the PDP governorship candidate, Mallam Sanusi Bature Dawaki Tofa, accused Kofa’s supporters of launching attack on Kwankwaso’s convoy.

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