Friday, 1 February 2013

Police Arrest 23 Ahead Of Tomorrow’s By-Election In Kano.

Police said they had arrested 23 people in connection with violent clashes between supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in Kano State.

The Assistant Inspector- General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 1, Mr. David Olufemi Omojola, who disclosed this, called on the people to remain law-abiding during the by-election into the state House of Assembly tomorrow.

He said: “There have been allegations and counter-allegations by the two parties. I appeal to all supporters of political parties to conduct themselves well and allow electoral process to go through by supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and other stakeholders connected to the conduct of the election.

“Under no circumstances should illegal gathering and fighting should take place. I am warning groups planning to make trouble to stay clear. They should be lawabiding and cooperate with the police and other security agencies to ensure law and order.”

Omojola added that about 6,000 policemen would be deployed to ensure a hitch-free election.

The by-election is to fill the vacant seats in Garko and Gaya constituencies following the death of the lawmakers representing the two constituencies.

The lawmakers elected on PDP and ANPP platforms were killed last year by suspected members of Boko Haram.

The late Hon. Danladi Isah Kademi (ANPP) represented Gaya constituency while the late Hon. Abba Garko (PDP) represented Garko constituency.

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