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Police arrest 950 suspected political thugs in Kano state

Amadin Ogbewe

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Police have arrested 950 suspected political thugs in Kano state, days to the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections.

The state Police Commissioner, Wakili Mohammed, confirmed the figure when members of the Kano Election Peace Committee paid him a visit in his office on Tuesday.

Wakili Mohammed said the command had so far apprehended no fewer than 950 suspected political thugs, locally referred to as ‘Yan Daba’, for allegedly attacking innocent residents of Kano metropolis within the last nine days.

He explained that most of the suspects were picked up in different parts of the city for attacking residents with dangerous weapons. According to him, out of the number, 750 have been remanded in various prisons pending the completion of their trial by the courts.

The CP said most of those arrested were found either acting under the influence of substances suspected to be hard drugs, possession of illicit drugs or with dangerous weapons.

“We are consistently raiding black spots and once you are arrested and confirmed to be a ‘Dan Daba’, nobody will bail you,” Mohammed said.

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