The Kano state police command has said it did not arrest Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, deputy governor of Kano state but instead rescued him from being attacked by angry party agents and other stakeholders at the Nasarawa local government area collation centre.
In a statement by its spokesman DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, the command however confirmed arresting the state commissioner for local government Murtala Sule Garo and chairman of Nasarawa council Lamin Sani.
DailyFocus recalls that Gawuna, Garo and Sani were taken into police custody early Monday after they tried to destroy results being collated for the governorship election in the state.
“On the 11th March 2019 at about 0100hrs one Murtala Sule ‘M’ Commissioner for Local Government Kano State and Lamin Sani ‘M’ the Executive Chairman Nassarawa Local Government Kano State were arrested at Nassarawa Local Government Area Collation Centre for 2019 Gubernatorial and State Assembly Election.
“They were alleged to have penetrated the collation centre and attempted to destroy election result sheets. While his Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kano State Dr Nasiru Yusif Gawuna was rescued from the scene,” the statement read.
It added that the suspects and whoever is involved in the alleged destruction and snatching of results sheets would be prosecuted.
“Investigation into this ugly incident has commenced and the command is assuring members of the public that whoever is involved will be investigated and charge to courtMembers of the public are enjoined to remain calm as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is underway to announce the Election results.
“Furthermore, it is also observed that some Political gladiators in the State commenced celebrations of Election victory, the command is putting it clear to all and sundry that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be allowed to finish Collating the results and declare authentic winners before any celebrations.
“This is to maintain peace and harmony and do away with any incident of accident and breach of peace. Any person or persons that engage in such celebrations leading to breach of peace will be arrested and prosecuted as provided by the law,” the police statement warned.