Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has disowned his supporters who reportedly clashed with the opposition supporters at Ganduje town in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state.
Recall that on Sunday, some mobs, who are believed to be supporters of the opposition parties, booed Mr Ganduje, chanting, “Bama yi!”, meaning ‘we don’t support you’.
The situation drew the ire of some thugs, who were part of the governor’s convoy and attacked the booing mobs with weapons tucked inside their vehicles.
An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw three corpses during the clash.
“I saw three corpses with my eyes during the clash that occurred with Ganduje supporters,” the source said.
However, a statement issued on Tuesday in Kano by the Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Garba, described the incident as a case of two local hunter groups whose clash coincided with his visit to his hometown.
Mr Garba said: “The government of Kano State strongly condemns the clash that occurred on Sunday between local hunters in Ganduje town of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the state that led to the death of one person and left two others critically injured.
“Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has directed security agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter with a view to bringing to book perpetrators of the unfortunate incident,’’ the commissioner said.
He dismissed insinuations linking the clash to Ganduje’s visit to the town to attend a wedding ceremony.
‘’While it is true that Governor Ganduje was in the town to attend a wedding fatiha, the clash between the rival hunters erupted after the governor left the town,’’ Mr Mohammed said.
He gave an assurance that the state government would not fold its arms and allow those he called disgruntled elements to disrupt the prevailing peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The commissioner also reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to protecting lives and properties in the state.
The commissioner admonished residents of the state to develop the spirit of tolerance, patience and obedience to constituted authority at all times.