The Kano state police command has arrested 50 suspected political thugs with numerous dangerous weapons at the Sani Abacha Stadium, where Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party conducted his rally on February 10.
In a statement released Monday by DSP Abdullahi Haruna, spokesman of the command, the police said the suspects were involved in various criminal acts including seizing mobile phones, money and other valuables from innocent passersby.
“The Kano Police Command is pleased to intimate and update the general public on the rampage behavior of some thugs during the 10th February 2019 PDP Presidential Campaign held at Sani Abacha Stadium Kano.
“Some thugs armed with various forms of weapons went berserk and started attacking innocent passersby and dispossessing them of their belongings including GSM phones, money and other valuables,” the statement said.
“50 suspects were so far arrested while exhibits of weapons including knives, cutlasses, cudgels, sticks, swords, suck and die, dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and other intoxicant substances, and GSM phones were recovered from them.
“Investigation into the incident is in progress while suspects arrested will all be charged to court for prosecution thereafter.
“Members of the general public especially politicians are sternly warned to stop using thugs, weapons and intoxicants during rallies and other activities or face the full wrath of the law, please,” the statement warned.