The Kano State Police Command have arrested 61 suspected political thugs in the state on Wednesday.
The command’s spokesperson, Abdullahi Haruna-Kiyawa, made this disclosure in a statement on Thursday, according to The Cable.
Haruna-Kiyawa said, “The suspects were arrested on Jan. 4, during political campaign clearance operations conducted during a political activity at Sani Abacha Stadium Kano.”
Recall, that the All Progressives Congress campaign was held in Kano on the said date and venue where the thugs were said to have been apprehended.
The spokesperson stated that items recovered from the suspects include 33 knives, eight cutlasses, four scissors, a parcel and 117 wraps of suspected Indian hemp. Other items include three bottles of Suck and Die, 500 Exol Tablets and a bunch of charms.
According to the state Commissioner of police, Mamman Dauda, the arrests were part of measures to rid the state of all forms of crimes and criminality, especially during political campaigns. He affirmed that all the suspects would be charged to court.
Dauda said before the clearance operation, a meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security and a peace summit involving all critical stakeholders were held.
He said, “Election stakeholders meetings were also held at area commands and divisional police ofices level.
“Political party leaders and candidates promised to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies in the state for a safer and more secure election process.”