Police Go After Kwankwaso’s Loyalist
The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has taken a new dimension with the attempted arrest of one of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s political associates, Aminu Abdulsalam.
Well-armed policemen were said to have stormed his residence at 5 Jamo Road to arrest him on Wednesday.
The operatives were, however, prevented from arresting Abdulsalam after another associate of Kwankwaso, Ali Madalin Gini, intervened.
The police later went with Gini.
When news of the incident spread, hundreds of supporters of Kwankwaso were said to have stormed Abdulsalam’s residence to prevent any attempt by the police to arrest him.
Abdulsalam said: "They came with two vehicles, but they were not able to arrest me following intervention of Honorable Ali Madalin Gini, who demanded reasons for my arrest.
"They later went to the command with Madakin Gini.
"I am still waiting for Madalin Gini to come back, but the attempted arrest may be political.
"You know we are not on the same page with the incumbent governor politically, so they will use whatever means available to them to descend on us".
When contacted, the Police spokesman for the State Command, Magaji Musa Majiya, said the arrest was in connection with an interview Abdulsalam granted one of the private FM radio stations in the state recently.
Majiya said: "Comrade Abdulsalam in the interview had accused the state Police Commissioner, Rabi’u Yusuf and the Kano state police command of conniving with Kano state government to indict members of Kwankwasiyya group.
"He alleged that police and Kano state government had arranged to buy red caps and hire some youths during a 2-day presidential visit to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari so that Kwankwasiyya group would be blamed for the action.
“Abdulsalam’s statement is an attack on the personality of CP Yusuf and the entire Nigerian Police particularly Kano state command and the command will not fold its arms watching people attacking it.
"Aliyu Madakin Gini has promised to produce Comrade Abdulsalam to us and we will charge him for this".