Unidentified hoodlums today attacked the offices of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano at the inauguration of the Zonal
Committees which took place at the state secretariat.
A caretaker committee of the state PDP, under Hassan Kefayos, was
inaugurated just last week following the expiration of the tenure of
Adamu Aliyu Sumaila, the erstwhile state chairman.
As provided by the constitution of the party the committee formed the
zonal committees. Our source said that the attack happened
immediately after the formed committees were inaugurated, at about
1:30pm. The source added that as they were about to undertake the
closing prayer, some three unidentified young men forced themselves
into the venue and disrupted the meeting. They stabbed people with
knives and other weapons.
The Public Relations Officer of the caretaker committee, Jaâ'afar Sani
Bello, who was stabbed in the neck after he had missed a previous
attempt to stab him in the back, was taken to the hospital along with
three others who were also injured.
The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Musa Daura, confirmed
the incident and disclosed that the police have started
investigations, and that four arrests have been made. He urged
politicians to avoid overheating the polity, stressing the security
challenges facing the state.
It would be recalled that there has been rancor within the rank and
file of the PDP in Kano since the national headquarters sent in the
caretaker committee to fill the vacuum created by the departing former
State chairman, Alhaji Sumaila.
When Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and other six governors of PDP
parted ways with the national secretariat of the party under the
National Chairman Bamanga Tukur, there began a series of hiccups
within the party in all the affected states.
Sanin Bala, an eyewitness of today's incident, expressed the fear that
such happenings do not augur well for the development of democracy in
the country, especially looking with the 2015 elections in view.
A journalist from Radio Nigeria, Pyramid FM, Abubakar Adamu Rano, who
was at the inauguration ceremony, confirmed to his colleagues that
what he saw was hell. He said that he and some other people had to
jump down from the two-storey building where the meeting was taking
place, and he received some minor injuries.