Several people were injured in Kano at the weekend as violence occurred between supporters of the current administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and those of his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Two of those who sustained injuries and were reportedly hospitalised include a former Secretary to the State Government under Kwankwaso, Rabiu Bichi, and the ex-governor’s younger brother, named Sani.
Narrating her version of what led to the violence, Binta Sipikin, a spokesperson to Kwankwaso, said the former governor’s supporters went to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, just before the commencement of a traditional celebration, Hawan Daushe. Ms. Sipikin alleged that on arriving at the palace, police offi cers there pushed them back using tear gas canisters and other devices, forcing the supporters to scamper for safety.
“But as that ensuing melee grew, we just saw people hitting us with cutlasses, heavy sticks and other dangerous weapons,” she said.
“Then I fell down and my eyeglasses broke. “She added that while her children were trying to drag her up, she “saw Rabiu Bichi the former SSG standing on me before somebody from his behind hit him with cutlass and another moved forward to stab; him but Kwankwaso’s younger brother used his hands to block and they nearly cut his hands.
“Kano state Commissioner of Information, Mohammad Garba, said the governor was not even in the state when the violence occurred.
He said the governor and his team travelled to neighbouring Katsina state to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura.
Garba said when the governor and his team returned to Kano on Saturday evening, the emir’s palace was peaceful and the Hawan Daushe held peacefully.
The state caretaker chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Abbas, also refuted allegations that the governor or his supporters were responsible the attack on Kwankwaso’s supporters, known as ‘Kwankwasiyya’.
Abbas suggested that the violence may have been caused by the former governor’s supporters.
“If they didn’t go to the emir’s palace with mischievous purpose, how will the police chase them away if they were peaceful, but Ms. Sipikin insisted that the attackers were Ganduje’s supporters.
“We recognised most of them,” she told Premium Times, “and right now, our people, including the former SSG are receiving treatment at Murtala Muhammad Hospital, Asiya Bayero hospital and AKTH where over 20 of us were injured”.
When contacted, spokesperson of the police in Kano, Musa Majiya, asked to be given time to fi nd out the true situation.