A member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was arrested by the police earlier today, has been released on bail.
Spokesman for Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed to DAILY NIGERIAN that Mr Jibrin was released on bail on Friday night after hours of interrogation.
Mr Jibrin was arrested over attack on the convoy of a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso at Kofa village in Bebeji Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Kwankwaso’s convoy was attacked by thugs suspected to be loyal to the lawmaker. The thugs allegedly barricaded a road at Kofa village and attempted to deny the motorcade passage through the village to the rally ground at Kwanar Dangora.
At least five people were killed, while several others sustained injuries as the thugs from the two camps clashed.
Although the police have denied that the house of the lawmaker was torched, the command said over 20 vehicles were razed to ashes.
DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 1, Dan Bature, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili, on Friday went to the scene of the clash and ordered the arrest of the lawmaker.
Security sources said the lawmaker is currently being interrogated by the police at the command headquarters in Bompai.
It was gathered that the governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, had on Wednesday pleaded with the commissioner of police not to allow Mr Kwankwaso stage the final rally, but the commissioner said he could not deny the former governor right without any reason.
“When the commissioner gave nod for Kwankwaso to stage the rally, Abdulmumin Kofa deliberately staged a rally at the area to deny Mr Kwankwaso passage through his village, but the crowd in Kwankwaso’s convoy overpowered them.
“The CP know exactly what happened. That is why he arrested the lawmaker,” said a security source familiar with the issue.
But the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said in a statement on Friday morning that the supporters of the lawmaker were attacked while praying for peaceful election by suspected Kwankwasiyya thugs.