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Published On: Tue, Jun 10th, 2014

Confusion over withdrawal of Kwankwaso’s security personnel

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Rabiu-Musa-KwankwasoFrom Edwin Olofu, Kano.

There was confusion in Kano yesterday, amidst reports that security personnel attached to Kano state governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso have been withdrawn.

Our correspondent observed that fewer policemen were seeing on their duty post at Government House, while no soldiers that were manning the first gate of the government house as it was before.

A source close to the governor, who doesn’t want his name in print confirmed that in the early hours of yesterday, the number of policemen attached to the governor reduced, with only a few left and soldiers withdrawn entirely.

Our correspondent observed also that personnel of a vigilante group were seeing complementing efforts of the few security men at the Government House.

An official in the Kano Government House confirmed that, “We are yet to be officially informed by the authorities on why the police officers were withdrawn”.

“At the height of the insecurity situation in the northern part of the country somebody is playing politics with the life of the governor, which is very bad; leaving the governor vulnerable with only vigilantes holding sticks to protect a governor of a state”, the source alleged.

The compound of the Government House is now guarded by combined team of vigilante group personnel and members of the Askarawan Kwankwasiyya (Kwankwasiyya guard) as at the time of filing this report.

However, the security authorities denied that their personnel attached to Kano state governor have been withdrawn.

However, the spokesman of the Police in Kano, Assistant Superintendent of police (ASP) Musa Magaji Majia, when contacted for confirmation, neither answered calls nor text messages sent to his mobile phone.

Similarly, the Police Force spokesman, CSP Frank Mba, in a text message, stated that: “I have no information on that please.”

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