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Police arrest two PDP chieftains over attack on Gov Shema

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — The police authority, weekend, arrested and detained two top People’s Democratic Party, PDP,  chieftains, Jamilu Dahiru Saude and AbdulKadir Musa, in connection with security breach during the burial of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua  in Katsina, last month.

The two men who are currently in detention at Zone 1 headquarters in Kano, were arrested in Katsina last Friday and brought to Kano.

Saude and Musa, both supporters of the late Yar’Adua, were suspected to have masterminded the attack on Governor Ibrahim Shema and his colleagues during the burial of late President YarAdua.

The action that drew condemnation by Yar’Adua’s family, nearly caused stampede during the burial.

Vanguard learnt that the duo of Saude and Musa, popularly known as Kado were quizzed  and set free by the police over their role shortly after the incident and have been regular caller at the Katsina police headquarters until last Friday.

Prominent individuals from Katsina had besieged the headquarters of Zone 1, located along BUK Road to secure their bail, amidst heightened fear of their safety,  against the backdrop of similar arrest and death of pro-Yar’Adua’s supporter, Tasi Elder, in police custody last year.

Saude, who spoke to Vanguard, said: “My arrest and detention by the police was politically motivated by certain forces who are scared of my influence in PDP.”

The PDP Youth leader,  in a chat with Vanguard at the police premises explained that his ordeal was linked to his repeated call on PDP leaders to have respect for “internal democracy,” adding that his innocence will be established at the law court.”

However, police officials at the Zone 1 headquarters in Kano are keeping sealed lips over the arrest of the politicians,  but a source at the Police Headquarters said: “We are constrained to talk to you because of the interest of those in high places.”

Vanguard learnt the embattled PDP chieftains may be transferred to Abuja for unhindered investigations.


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