Kano Constituency Supplementary: Police Warns Parties Against Thuggery

By Salihu Ali, Kano 

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The Police in Kano state North West Nigeria, has warned leaders of political parties and their supporters against thuggery and electoral malpractice in the forthcoming Kunchi/Tsanyawa state House of Assembly Supplementary election scheduled to hold in March.

The Commissioner of Police in the Muhammed Gumel issued the warning during a meeting with leaders of political parties, Non governmental organisations and other stakeholders, at the Police Officers’ mess in Kano.

Mapped out strategies

Gumel said, already the Kano State Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, comprising of all the heads of security agencies and the Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ambassador Abdu Zango, have already met and mapped out strategies for a hitch-free election.

He said, “today, we are here to discuss among ourselves on the best way the rerun election will be conducted peacefully. 

“We agreed after the meeting with INEC REC and all the heads of security agencies that the election is possible and will be peaceful. 

INEC has agreed to provide all necessary logistics including sensitive and non sensitive materials to conduct a peaceful election.

That is why we have gathered here today to agree among ourselves that we are going to witness a hitch-free, violent-free election.

Peaceful election

This is why we have invited leaders of the political parties, their candidates and other stakeholders to discuss with you, and we ask, are you ready for us to conduct a peaceful election? If you are not ready, tell us. if there are things you are in doubt, please tell us, we will make amends.”

The Kano INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC, Ambassador Zango expressed the readiness of the force in conducting the election.

He said, all arrangements have been concluded for a hitch-free election, adding that INEC as an electoral umpire will remain neutral and will treat all parties involved equally as the electoral law provides.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim