The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed arresting 17 supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) including a political ally of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar, Muhammadu Abubakar Dantabawa over allegation of meeting with some repentant bandits with intention of recruiting them back to their nefarious activities.
Solacebase reports that Muhammadu Abubakar Dantabawa was a former sole administrator of Gusau local government.
Many APC supporters described the arrest as an act of injustice by the state police command towards them, however it generated tension as party supporters took to the street to protest the arrest.
Also the party supporters were tear-gassed at the police headquarters in Gusau when they attempted to get access into the police premises where the politicians were allegedly detained.
However the party supporters led by the State Chairman of APC, Lawal M. Liman Kaura and former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Aminu Sani Jaji were allowed to have access to the state police headquarters.
Although the APC supporters detained were later released on conditions but the party leadership was asked to return on Monday by 11:00 pm to lodge their formal complaint to the commissioner of police.
The Police Public Relations Officer SP Shehu Muhammad said in a statement that the arrest was actually made based on some intelligence reports received.
SP Shehu Muhammad denied the report that the arrest was politically motivated, saying “police acted professionally based on the intelligence information received.”
The police spokesman said in the statement that, if APC supporters were at the police command to lodge complaints they had the right, but the procedure for lodging complaints has to be followed.