By Kingsley Omonobi
POLICE, Thursday, arrested 15 suspects in connection with the robbery that eventually led to the death of the Second Republic governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abubakar Rimi. They are currently undergoing interrogation.
The flamboyant Kano politician died of heart failure after an encounter with armed robbers on the Bauchi-Kano road last weekend.
This disclosure came during the visit by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, to Kano, Thursday, to ascertain the level of investigation of the attack and efforts toward arresting the culprits, and to commiserate with the Rimi family, the government and people of the state.
During a condolence visit to the Kano State governorâ€™s office, the IG regretted that the very people for whom Rimi lived his life were the same people indirectly linked with his death.Â He recalled his closeness to the family of the late politician while praying for the repose of the soul of the departed.
At the emir’s palace, the IG applauded the enormous contributions of the former governor to the development of Nigeriaâ€™s democracy and his commitment to the emancipation of the poor but regretted the circumstances that led to his death.
He reassured that the culprits will be brought to justice, pointing out that 15 persons have been arrested in connection to the attack and are currently undergoing interrogation.
Responding, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero,Â pledged the support and cooperation of the emirate, district and ward heads to the Police in whatever capacity they may require towards arresting the culprits.
It will be recalled that following Rimiâ€™s death, Onovo ordered a security beef-up in Kano and Bauchi states while he also directed the commissioners of Police of both states to spread their dragnets to the nooks and crannies of their states in ensuring that the armed robbers were tracked down and arrested for prospection.