By Umar Isa
Kano State Police Command says the number of suspected political thugs arrested has risen to 950 , few days to the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections.
The state Police Commissioner, Wakili Mohammed, gave the figure when members of the Kano Election Peace Committee paid him a visit in his office on Tuesday.
According to him, ‘’ the command had so far apprehended no fewer than 950 suspected political thugs, locally referred to as ‘Yan Daba’, for allegedly attacking innocent residents of Kano metropolis within the last nine days.’’
Wakili Mohammed, said that most of the suspects were arrested in different parts of the city for attacking residents with dangerous weapons as many of them were also caught with suspected illicit drugs
He said from this number, 750 have been remanded in various prisons pending the completion of their trial by the courts as they are already being prosecuted
In a remark, the co-Chairman of the committee, Prof, Ibrahim K. Umar commended the new police boss for his efforts to check political thuggery in the state.
According to him, “We commend you for your efforts so far in arresting political thugs. This, we believe, will serve as a deterrent to others.’’