By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja
The Kwankwasiyya faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano state, have again petitioned authorities of the Police Service Commission (PSC) over alleged mistreatment of its supporters by operatives of the Kano State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The faction led by the former Secretary to the Kano state government , Alhaji Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi submitted a petition yesterday to PSC’s Commissioner, Justice Olufunmilayo Adekeye in which they accused the kano State Police Commissioner , Alh. Rabiu Yusuf of talking sides with supporters of the Gandujiyya faction of the party led by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
The Gandujiyya and Kwankwasiyya factions had engaged in a bloody clash at the Emir’s palace in kano last week during the famous Hawan Daushe horse ride, for which they are accusing operatives of the Kano Police command of providing cover to supporters of Gandujiyya faction to unleash bodily harm on his members on the fateful day.
Recalling how they were forced to submit a similar petition over the harrassment by his members last year, he claimed that the Kano Police Commissioner had formed the habit of disapproving request by the Kwankwasiyya group to hold any form of political gathering to their dismay even when there was a a formal written request for such meeting accross the 44 councils of the state.
Bichi Said: ” The police usually disrupt our meetings even when we make request to hold our meetings. We are law abiding people. When we write, the police commissioner doesn’t respond to our letter. We couldn’t even organise a football matches for our supporters in the local government areas.
“When we were attacked during the last sallah celebration, The police were there, they even provided cover to our attackers and we know them. There was an incidence in which we lodged complaint against the mistreatment of our members.
” In the end they turned everything against us and we became the accused. This is sad. That is why we want you to look into this matter. We don’t want any favour from you. We just want justice and fair treatment. We don’t want things to go out of hand. We have our rights and we don’t want anybody to trample on our rights.”
while receiving the petition, Justice Adekeye who expressed surprise over the development, just as she assured that the PSC would leave get to the root of the matter especially over allegations of wrongdoing leveled against the command.
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