Panic in Kaduna as news of police summon of El-Rufai spreads

Some residents of Kaduna, Friday evening, were seen scampering home when they heard of the invitation sent by the police to the governorship candidate of  the All Progressives Congress in the state, Nasir El-Rufai, and other party bigwigs.

Most shops at the busy Ahmadu Bello Way and central market hurriedly closed their doors while some were seen scrambling to rounding off transactions to rush home.

The Kaduna state Police Command had on Friday summoned Mr. El-Rufai, the APC Senatorial Candidate for Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi, and a senior member of the APC campaign council, Lawal Yakawada.

The APC chieftains however declined to honour the invitation. Instead they got their lawyer to write to the police to say the matter over which they were invited was already in court.
All three were invited by the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the CID.

Afraid that the invitation might spark violence in the capital, residents deserted the streets while a lot of people were seen gathered in groups discussing the development. 

The reasons the men were summoned for questioning is not clear but party insiders suggest the invitation has to do with a petition about destruction of billboards in Zaria.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, Bitrus Gaya, a  resident of Malali said the state police command did not act right by plotting to arrest the politicians at this crucial time.

“Knowing how vulnerable Kaduna is to crisis, arresting them on the eve of an election is totally wrong,” Mr. Gaya said. “The police should know that this is a wrong time to arrest  them.”

Another resident of Barnawa, Suleiman Atta, also queried the operatives for choosing to summon Mr. El-Rufai and his party members on the eve of the presidential election.

” I wonder if the security operatives care about the people. At the eve of presidential election and you are trying to arrest opposition bigwigs. What does that mean? You are inviting trouble,” Mr. Attah said.

Security operatives are now positioned at major junctions and strategic locations in the state capital.

Meanwhile, the APC says it has been alerted of a plot to arrest some of its chieftains in Southern Kaduna.

The APC campaign spokesperson, Samaila Aruwan, said if the party chiefs are arrested, they could be detained till after the elections.


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  • Usman

    Clearly the police is partial

  • Okey

    That’s precisely what el Rufai has been seeking for. A post on his Facebook was literally calling for chaos, anarchy and blood as a veritable lather for el Rufai to climb to office as Governor of Kaduna State. Our lives and property are more precious than el Rufai’s ambition. He must be stopped, in the interest of the society.

  • John Smith

    There is no panic. It is a Premium Times that is planning to cause panic with this information. Traders were closing in a hurry this evening in Kaduna because there was a rumor of curfew starting from 6pm and that news was false too.

    • Truth

      Are you now the Police spokesperson?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Whoever ignores a Police invitation should be arrested and held without bail until they are charged to court. The fact that a matter is in court does not mean the Police can’t investigate. These APC criminals should be told that they aren’t above the law. Nonsense.

    • TC

      Mumu its election eve, you know the tense atmosphere. Use common sense it’s free. No one said they are above the law….. wawa kawai…. just talk with no reasoning. even robot go fit get sense pass u….

      • logmein2nite

        Don’t mind that boofool. As long as they win any injustice is okay!

  • Du Covenant

    I thought we are a democracy?..Is this how the countries we are emulating behave?…

  • nwikwo

    I pity my Igbo people in Kaduna for GEJ’s men trying to cause people loot their shops. The masses will resist it

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    Catch El Rufai if he has done something. Heavens will not FALL. Otherwise let him be.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    The whole world is watching Nigeria at this time. A responsible Police force will at this time be impartial and would busy herself with canvassing the voting populace to ensure peace. Somebody should call this officer to order and remind him that the eyes of the world is on us.

    • logmein2nite

      They deliberately want to trigger violence in some states to make the election inconclusive – Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Lagos, Rivers, Imo, Ekiti, so that election will be shifted in those places for another week or two, to allow them perfect their strategy to win those states. These states have high electoral value due to the number of registered voters there. But El Rufai and APC was too smart to fall into that trap.

  • Taster

    This is the evidence of how worst things have gotten to in this country – Let`s together vote for Jonathan to send a MESSAGE that we are united against terror, period!

    • DERI

      a vote for buhari is a vote for boko haram–its victory for ISIS ati shekau—buhari defiled his wife when she was 9——raped and raped her—has no right to aso rock never——–she cannot speak out for the fear of her quota system general husband and the boko haram fighers he controls at night

      • Taster

        The day is here now, with our votes – we can relocate him n his coys to the sambisa forest.

  • DERI

    elrufai is part owner of PT so u are free to raise this false alram-.-if el rufai kills an almajiri boy it means he would not be arrested because he is a member of APC abi-?—MADNESS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER–WE ARE ALL EQUAL B4 THE LAW—————————————————HIS COUNTERPARTS IN THE SOUTH ARE WITHOUT JOBS—THAT IS THE MAN SANUSI GAVE A BILLION NAIRA CONTRACT———-IF HE HAD BEEN TOMPOLO————–THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WOULD HAVE RAISED THEIR REGIONAL VOICES VIA—TINUBU TIO SAY JONATHAN MUST GO———SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER————-NOT ANOTHER ELECTION–ANIMALS-

    • deri————-

      Nigerians na waya for una—-a disgrace to the world—-so if a group of armed robbers–certificate forgers such as Buhari or drug addicts like tinubu create—a party in Nigeria—u will refer to that party as a credible party abi-to your Iyibo friends abroad-?—Then lie to them that the army stole Buharis seven cate————when u people allege that u want to fight corruption–we all know that u are just paying lip services————to your thoughts in APC—fight corruption with tinubu—-as a leader of APC? Instead of allowing such to come from your LUNGS-u deceive your souls by presenting buhari and tinubu as corrutpion free humans–When they personify thievery———–Buhari who took a 9 yr old gal to bed and raped her until she gave birth at 13 is now the man to lead Nigeria abi-? —–u must be crazy man————–what an insult———even a group of baboon handlers wil never elect buhari as a security guard——————-but here we are———struggling to impose a man who failed maths–murdered 11 youth corpers–sent Nigerians to 300 yrs in prison because of their tribal marks in the South west——Hate yorubas-like hell——–That man has no certificate—But————abiola whom they arranged to kill made first class in accountancy————–Yet they told us them dont want him so murdered him—now u say we should vote for a visionless man form Niger republic——-

    • The Truth

      What Jonathan promised us 4 YEARS ago and the scores

      We will fight for JUSTICE! —- F9

      We will fight for all Nigerians to have access to POWER! —- F9

      We will fight for qualitative and competitive EDUCATION! —- F9

      We will fight for HEALTH CARE REFORMS! —- F9

      We will fight to create jobs, for all Nigerians! —- F9

      We will fight corruption! —- F9

      We will fight to protect all Citizens! —- F9

      We will fight for your rights! —- F9

      He doesn’t have what it takes to move this country forward and for the
      reason we want a change. VOTE WISE VOTE BUHARI

  • The Truth

    What PRESIDENT JONATHAN promised us 4 YEARS ago and the scores

    We will fight for JUSTICE! —- F9

    We will fight for all Nigerians to have access to POWER! —- F9

    We will fight for qualitative and competitive EDUCATION! —- F9

    We will fight for HEALTH CARE REFORMS! —- F9

    We will fight to create jobs, for all Nigerians! —- F9

    We will fight corruption! —- F9

    We will fight to protect all Citizens! —- F9

    We will fight for your rights! —- F9

    He doesn’t have what it takes to move this country forward and for the
    reason we want a change