- The police in Kano has asked Rabiu Kwankwaso to shelve his planned visit to the state
- The police claimed his scheduled visit has raised tension in the state
- It said the essence of the warning was to stall violence
The Kano state police command has warned former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to shelve his planned visit to Kano over rising tension in the state.
Kwankwaso is scheduled to visit the state on January 30 for a political rally which incidentally falls on the same day Governor Umar Ganduje’s faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is also planning to hold a rally.
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Leadership reports that Rabiu Yusuf who is the commissioner of police in the state spoke on Friday, January 26, saying the former governor should shelve his visit.
He said: “We advise Kwankwaso to shelve his much-proposed visit or the law will take it cause.
The police chief noted that Kwankwaso has the right to visit the state but that his planned visit has generated palpable fear among the citizens.
He said: “There is apprehension amongst the general public and the tendencies to hijack the visit by some disgruntled politicians or miscreants cannot be wished away. Therefore any action or inaction by any person or group of persons that may jeopardize the relative peace in the state is currently enjoying must be averted.
“But if Kwankwaso insisted of coming the law would take it natural cause because we cannot file down our arms and allow peace to be truncated by any person or group of persons.
“On this premise, it is the candid advice of the command that such a visit to the state should be shelved by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso until the tension generated by the planned visit is doused and security threat neutralized.”
The police commissioner acknowledged they received application letter for permission from Kwankwaso dated January 16 but submitted to his office on January 25. He said they have replied Kwankwaso advising him to shelve his visit to Kano.
Legit.ng had reported that the attempt by the APC to mend the political rivalry between Kwankwaso and Governor Ganduje of Kano seems not to be working as they have fixed their rallies for the same day.
Kwankwaso’s supporters had earlier fixed January 30 for a massive rally in the state and Binta Rabiu who is the former governor’s spokesperson insisted that it would hold at the popular Tamburawa area despite opposition.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje's faction also has a rally fixed for same day.
According to reports, there is tension in Kano state at the moment, as to whether the rallies to be held by the two factions would be peaceful. This is because there have been bloody clashes between both factions in times past.
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