Dozens wounded as political violence rocks Kano

Rabiu Kwankwaso and Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

[Photo: Naij.com]
Rabiu Kwankwaso and Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje [Photo: Naij.com]

Several people were injured in Kano on Saturday as violence occurred between supporters of the current administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and those of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Two of those who sustained injuries and were reportedly hospitalised include a former Secretary to the State Government under Mr. Kwankwaso, Rabiu Bichi, and the ex-governor’s younger brother, named Sani.

Narrating her version of what led to the violence, Binta Sipikin, a spokesperson to Mr. Kwankwaso, said the former governor’s supporters went to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, just before the commencement of a traditional celebration, Hawan Daushe.

Ms. Sipikin alleged that on arriving at the palace, police officers there pushed them back using tear gas cannisters and other devices, forcing the supporters to scamper for safety.

“But as that ensuing melee grew, we just saw people hitting us with cutlasses, heavy sticks and other dangerous weapons,” she said. “Then I fell down and my eyeglasses broke.”

She added that while her children were trying to drag her up, she “saw Rabiu Bichi the former SSG standing on me before somebody from his behind hit him with cutlass and another moved forward to stab; him but Kwankwaso’s younger brother used his hands to block and they nearly cut his hands.”

Ms. Sipikin accused Governor Ganduje of being behind the attack. She said it was Mr. Ganduje who mobilised the police and the thugs.

The governor, however, denied the allegation.

The Kano State Commissioner of Information, Mohammad Garba, said the governor was not even in the state when the violence occurred. He said the governor and his team travelled to neighbouring Katsina State to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura.

The president is in his home town of Daura for the Sallah celebrations.

Mr. Garba said when the governor and his team returned to Kano on Saturday evening, the emir’s palace was peaceful and the Hawan Daushe held peacefully.

The state caretaker chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Abbas, also refuted allegations that the governor or his supporters were responsible the attack on Mr. Kwankwaso’s supporters, known as ‘Kwankwasiyya.’

Mr. Abbas suggested that the violence may have been caused by the former governor’s supporters.

“If they didn’t go to the emir’s palace with mischievous purpose, how will the police chase them away if they were peaceful.”

But Ms. Sipikin insisted that the attackers were Mr. Ganduje’s supporters.

“We recognised most of them,” she told PREMIUM TIMES. “And right now, our people including the former SSG are receiving treatment at Murtala Muhammad Hospital, Asiya Bayero hospital and AKTH; over 20 of us.”

When contacted on Saturday evening, the spokesperson of the police in Kano, Musa Majiya, asked to be given time to find out the true situation.

Mr. Majiya, a deputy superintendent of police, called back on Sunday morning to explain that the police only got involved when it received a complaint of the violence at the emir’s palace.

He said the police deployed its officials to the scene to maintain peace and orderliness.

Although Messrs. Ganduje and Kwankwaso were allies and belong to the same political party, APC, the rivalry between them has become intense, splitting the party in the state into two.

Efforts by the national leadership of the APC, including by President Buhari who has met both men, to resolve the dispute have failed.


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  • Arabakpura

    They must a faulty calendar; it’s not yet October 1! It was September 1!

    • Dan Blocker 2000

      @arabakpura:disqus

      A Question for Muhamadu Buhari

      • What intelligent steps have you taken against Nigeria’s 17-months running, ruinous
      economic recession, after wasting away 103 days in London; under false pretence
      that you were being detained by medical doctors; whereas you weren’t, since no one
      or medical doctor discharged you from your illusive medical detention before you rose
      and ran away from your hiding place, the next day, once Nigerians resident in London
      stormed your hiding place under the banner of RESUME or RESIGN to protest what
      they said was “an unbecoming laggard act of reckless abandonment of official duty?

      • Reginald Dandeson

        The man was well enough to return home but refused to. Now we understand he was deceiving Nigerians and accumulating Estacode for himself and his wife. It’s the height of corruption for a fighter of corruption.

    • Daniel

      Hahahha!

  • o.o.abas

    @arabakpura:disqus

    KANO STATE is the headquarters of inveterate illiterates in Nigeria. Kano state has a highest number of illiterates
    in Nigeria. It is no surprise that cutlass was freely used on visitors’ skulls in front of the palace of the Emir of Kano.
    The Kano populace is too overwhelmingly illiterate to think rationally and independently. The smelly populace is
    like a throng of puppets on string, like horses of instruction given a bowl of millet, maize or rice and ordered to
    go and kill certain targets as a way of showing gratitude to the baron who provided the meal. That’s why the
    laws of Kano state are unknown, and if they exist at all, ignored by serious-minded people who have more
    important things to do. Kano state is a dirty cultural virus of grime, dirt and illiteracy – it is to be avoided.

    • marcos avelino

      Always waiting for the least problem from your enemies territory to pour out your dirty innards.Frustrated jobless people why dont you comment on the daily dismembered human parts and other hienious crimes in your rich educated south. Dont forget to tell us how your white slave oyibo master found you in your forest just 100 years ago as cannibalistic low life animists.

      • ed

        Beheadings is a tradition in the Northern Muslin community.
        Deodorant is something they are against.
        How do you substitute proper hygiene with cheap perfume.

    • Peaceometer

      If it were to be in the east or south south gun could have been used. Hahaha yeye!

  • O’Tega (From Texas)

    With Buhari it is SORROWS, TEARS & BLOOD everyday and everywhere. That is his regular Trade Mark (Fela Kuti).

    There has been flood here in Texas. Less than 40,000 displaced. Twice Donald Trump would visit, and possibly more. In Nigeria, Buhari goes to Daura (Katstina State) to relax and CELEBRATE Salah festivities barely 48 hours after over 100,000 are displaced.

    One thing is clear. One of the two Presidents is undeniably insane beyond redemption. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know your opinion.

    • Wendell Wendell

      You’re d one insane beyond redemption, that’s just the candid opinion.
      Those who voted for Buhari r happy with this governance, they voted for him on the mandate to fight corruption. You voted in US, n not Nigeria.. so have no right to condemn! Do you think any country can get better with the level of corruption in the last govt? If you hv bad belle for buhari..say it n stop talking like nonentities.

      • ed

        What happened to Lawal Babachair the hundreds of millions Naira grass cutter and Oke the US dollars apartment bank. That not corruption?

      • Frank Bassey

        APC and Buhari are using corruption fight to deceive Nigerians. Buhari is grossly incompetent, insincere and nepotic. Under GEJ, corruption was wide; under PMB corruption is deep, and getting deeper. See what is happening in the Police Force; see how he treated the case of Babachir Lawal and Ayodele Oke; see how under him, thousands of illegal and clandestine employments are going on in government MDAs. This is looting. But PMB will pretend he is fighting corruption. Thank God for NEMESIS.

      • The facts

        If this government is fighting corruption, the houses seized from former governor of Bayelsa on the basis of proceeds of corruption wouldn’t have been returned to him few days ago.

      • Yego V

        I don’t know which country you are talking about. ! Really. Buhari is fighting corruption. Before I go any further, ask Buhari to give us the report about his SGF, the grass cutter .

    • emmanuel

      Buhari’s brain is not working.

    • Peaceometer

      Find time to visit psychiatric hospital, your brain need examinations.

    • Daniel

      I agree.

  • Frank Bassey

    Rabiu Kwankwaso is one of the most corrupt politicians Nigeria ever produced. He has lost relevance in Kano and must be told to go into the burrow of rodents.

  • thusspokez

    But as that ensuing melee grew, we just saw people hitting us with cutlasses, heavy sticks and other dangerous weapons,” she said. “Then I fell down and my eyeglasses broke.”

    Well, serve you right ‘mother-of-two’, Ms. Binta Sipikin. The moral of the melee is that don’t take your party supporters along with you to visit other people.

    She added that while her children were trying to drag her up, she “saw Rabiu Bichi the former SSG standing on me before somebody from his behind hit him with cutlass and another moved forward to stab; him but Kwankwaso’s younger brother used his hands to block and they nearly cut his hands.”

    Objection my lord!

    Question to court: Ms. Sipikin had already testified that she had fallen down and her eyeglasses had broken in the process, how then, without her eyeglasses, could Ms. Sipikin have seen the people she claims to have seem?

    • Zygote

      Answer: because Ms Shipikin was wearing reading glasses, although she does not have 20-20 eye sight, she is not blind either, what she has is an age-related Macular Degeneration and can see very well. Coupled with the fact that her children recognised Rabiu Bichi and were creaming Bichi! Bichi! Bichi!

      • thusspokez

        Answer: because Ms Shipikin was wearing reading glasses

        Reading glasses are won for reading.

        although she does not have 20-20 eye sight, she is not blind either

        You have no way of knowing this unless you are her optician.

        what she has is an age-related Macular Degeneration and can see very well

        Where in the report does it give her age?

        Coupled with the fact that her children recognised Rabiu Bichi and were creaming Bichi! Bichi! Bichi!

        This would require a separate proof, otherwise it is hearsay.