CSOs demand probe of DIG Anthony Michael, others over violent Kano Rerun

DIG Anthony Michael Obizi

A coalition of 150 civil society groups under the aegis of Kano Civil Society Forum has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu to probe Deputy-Inspector-General (DIG) Anthony Michael Obizi over his alleged complicity in the violent March 23 supplementary elections in the state.

DailyFocus recalls that DIG Anthony was deployed to take over security arrangements in the state by the IGP two days to the supplementary polls.

However, on the eve of the polls, heavily armed thugs reportedly hired by the ruling All Progessives Congress (APC) took over all the polling units across the 28 local governments affected by the exercise.

The thugs unleashed violence on voters and party agents of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and denied them access to the polling units , thereby preventing them to exercise their franchise.

In a statement Tuesday signed by Ibrahim A. Waiya and Peter Hassan, president and secretary-general of the group respectively, the forum described the elections as a sham, barbaric and a total disgrace to Nigeria’s 20-year democratic history.

The group condemned the rerun elections which was characterized by widespread violence, killings, massive, rigging, vote-buying and large scale disenfranchisement.

The forum accused officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Police of compromising their neutrality in the exercise.

Several other groups observer groups including the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU-EOM) have also condemned the exercise.

“The Nigerian Democracy is gradually migrating to a barbaric form of political leadership where physical might and use of coercion, fear and intimidation have become the determinant factors of acquiring political leadership, rather than the popular votes.

“What we, as civil society organizations, witnessed during our election observation at some polling units, across the state, could rather be described as a war between two long aged enemies, but not a political contest which is run on some laid down rules,” the group said.

“Elections, as an exercise which is designed to allow people to freely participate, under the watch of some constitutional bodies, who are ultimately assumed to be impartial and neutral umpires, but unfortunately, acted with blatant bias and sentimental tendencies.

“The Kano civil society forum, having observed the conduct of the supplementary elections in Kano have therefore with no apology, faulted the entire exercise and its credibility, on the basis of a serious security breaches, widespread political violence and thugery, voters intimidation, killings as well as maimings, and unhealthy inducement of voters.

“From what we saw and witnessed at the Kano State Governorship supplementary election, was a total sham and a disgrace to Democracy, a disappointment to the proponents of democracy and Nigeria, as a whole.

“Based on our observation, the 23rd Governorship supplementary elections in Kano State, was the most dreadful elections ever conducted, an election which witnessed the importation of alien political thugs, who were contracted with the sole aim to harass and unleash violence against the Kano electorates, in almost all the polling units, this is unacceptable” the forum emphasised,” the forum added.



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