Against speculations that the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili, has been removed, credible sources at the police headquarters have debunked the rumours.
The sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that despite mounting pressure and campaign for his removal by the state governor, the police headquarters had not found any reason that warrants his removal from Kano.
A top security source told DAILY NIGERIAN Mr Wakili, who served in the Nigeria Police Force for 32 years, will retire on age grounds on May 15, 2019, upon reaching the mandatory 60 years of age.
“He will remain in Kano till retirement as there no basis for his removal,” said the source.
Why they want Wakili removed
Following the stalemated governorship election in Kano State, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday travelled to Abuja to press for the removal of the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili.
DAILY NIGERIAN observed that the police under Mr Wakili had maintained neutrality before, during and after the election, which saw the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidate Abba Yusuf leading with 1,020,465 votes, against Mr Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who scored 987,459 votes.
Credible sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that the governor’s entourage includes the Speaker of Kano House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum; the state chairman of APC, Abdullahi Abbas and; the governor’s top political strategist, Nasiru Aliko-Koki.
Targeted for the lobby, a source who preferred not to be named said, are national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole; national leader of APC Bola Tinubu and; some influential presidency officials.
Recall that the deputy governor of Kano State, Nasiru Gawuna, alongside the state commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule-Garo and chairman of Nassarawa Local Government, Lamin Sani, were involved in result sheet snatching at Airport Road collation centre around 3am on Monday, a situation that led to a fierce brawl.
Party agents reportedly beat the trio to a pulp, and police later rescued the deputy governor and arrested the commissioner and the local government chairman.
On Tuesday, at a press conference to douse tension over the inconclusive governorship election in Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II commended the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili, for maintaining peace and order in the state.
Mr Wakili, a fearless cop who wages war against drug abuse and political thuggery in the state, is arguably the most-loved police commissioner ever posted to the state.