Ted Odogwu, Kano
The police have summoned the Kano State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mallam Sagir Takai, over the alleged murder of a 70-year-old man.
Confirming the development to Northern City News on Sunday, the Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Magaji Majiya, said the command had commenced investigation into the alleged case of homicide allegedly involving the PDP candidate and some of his supporters.
According to him, Takai had been invited to report to the state police command on Monday (today) for interrogation.
Majiya said, “On Saturday, Takai and his supporters were travelling in a convoy when they arrived Ahmadu Bello Way roundabout. Someone in the convoy wielding a long knife descended on the 70-year-old passer-by and stabbed him on the head, inflicting grievous hurt on the man.’’
He said the invitation extended to Takai was to afford the candidate the opportunity to defend himself as well as explain his role in the tragedy.
Majiya stated that the PDP chieftain owed the police an explanation why his supporters were wielding dangerous weapons.
“The political allies of Takai informed the police command that Takai would be returning to Kano through Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday and requested for police escort, an application that was granted by CP Rabiu Yusuf.
“To our surprise, despite the policemen assigned to the entourage of the PDP candidate, we discovered that among them were persons that were armed with dangerous weapons which they continued to display flagrantly until the unfortunate incident occurred at Ahmadu Bello Way roundabout,” Majiya stated.
He disclosed that the command had commenced investigations into the case of culpable homicide involving the death of the 70 year-old-man, adding that those suspected to be culpable in the matter had been uncovered and would be dealt with, according to the provisions of the law.
The police spokesman further noted that suspected political thugs in some parts of the metropolis had embarked on the destruction of posters and billboards mounted by their perceived political opponents.
Majiya warned that the police would not tolerate “any act of arson, mischief and public nuisance from those vying for public office, prior, during and after the 2019 general elections.”
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