Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has accused the Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Wakili of favoring the opposition, as the state prepares for Saturday’s supplementary governorship poll.
Speaking with the BBC Hausa Service:
- Ganduje questioned “the way Wakili does his job.” According to him, the commissioner has “taken and favoured a particular political side, which is uncalled for and translates to mishandling his job.”
- He criticised Wakili for arresting the state’s deputy governor, Nasiru Gawuna, the day after the polls. He said the action was unconstitutional and an “indication of lack of professionalism from the side of the Commissioner” because his deputy has immunity from arrest.
Bottomline: Gawuna was arrested alongside the State Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Sule Garo for attempting to disrupt the collation process and over alleged threat to public peace. If he had remained there, it is likely citizens who stayed watch in the collation center may have taken the laws into their hands. He was not prosecuted, so it is unclear what Ganduje’s grouse is about.