By Mustapha Usman, Kano
Supporters of a former governor of Kano State, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, under the auspices of Kwankwasiyya Movement, have called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the state commissioner of police, Rabi’u Yusuf, for alleged partisanship.
On September 2, thugs allegedly loyal to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, launched a brutal attack on the top leaders of the movement, including a former SSG Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, former Chief of Staff Yunusa Dangwani, former commissioners, among others.
The group had last week submitted a petition to the Police Service Commission, PSC, Abuja, accusing the state commissioner of Police of taking side with the Gandujiyya group.
The commissioner of police however denied the group’s claim through the command’s spokesman, Magaji Majiya, at a press conference held at his office on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, a leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Aminu Abdussalam, said all what the police said at its press conference was incorrect.
According to Mr Abdussalam, a former commissioner of State Affairs, they did not pelt the convoy of the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as alleged.
He added that none of their members booed the governor when he arrived at the emir’s palace during the Hawan Daushe durbar as claimed by the police.
Mr Abdussalam said the Kwankwasiyya supporters peacefully converged on the emir’s palace to pay homage to Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll, as part of their tradition.
“To our dismay, we were attacked and inflicted bodily harm by the Gandujiyya supporters.
“Our key members like the former SSG, Rabi’u Suleman Bichi and Senator Kwankwaso’s brother were attacked in the watchful eyes of the police officers but did not make any effort to rescue them,” he said.
He further alleged that the CP refused to allow the Kwankwasiyya movement to hold any peaceful gathering in the state, despite the provisions of the Nigerian constitution that guarantees the right to hold peaceful gatherings.
He stressed that there was never a time when the group was found wanting in breaching peace in the state, lamenting that the CP was being used by the Ganduje-led administration to persecute the Kwankwasiyya faction.
“It is unprofessional and unwise for a Police Commissioner to engage in partisan politics and even went to take side and persecute its oppositions. We have lost confidence in the CP and Therefore call on the police authorities to investigate his activities,” he added.
Mr. Abdussalam however stressed that they would take the matter to court and reiterated their determination to pursue the case until they get justice.
He added no iota of intimidation would stop them from pursuing their right.