Jimi Agbaje ~ Olalekan Oladeinde
Kano - The Police in Kano have declared
wanted a former Commissioner in the state, Alhaji Musa Iliyasu, for allegedly
sponsoring thugs to disrupt last Saturday’s Governorship and state Houses of
Iliyasu allegedly disrupted the polls at Kauran Mata Ward in
Madobi Local Government Area of the state.
The Police Commissioner, Mr Ibrahim Idris, disclosed this
while briefing newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
Iliyasu was a commissioner of Rural and Community
Development during the administration of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau in the state.
He said the command declared the suspect wanted along with
four others who were still at large following the arrest of 14 others who
mentioned the name of Iliyasu as their sponsor.
“The suspects were arrested for snatching and burning
electoral materials including 4, 015 ballot papers for governorship and state
Houses of Assembly elections at Kauran Mata Registration Area Centre of Madobi
local government council.
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“We were at his residence to arrest him but he escaped
through the fence of his house, therefore, we are now looking for him to charge
him to court,” he said.
Idris also said that during the Presidential and National
Assembly elections, the command recorded 26 cases of electoral offences for
which 76 suspects were apprehended.
He said during the governorship and house of assembly
elections, the police recorded 29 electoral offences, and that 76 suspects were
also arrested for involvement in criminal as well as electoral offences.
According to him, the command also arrested one, Aisha
Zubairu and Hamisu Murtala, who were INEC ad-hoc staff in Takai Local
Government Area for conspiring and diverting electoral materials to the
personal residence of Zubairu.
“The suspects were arrested with the election materials not
at the designated polling station nor with any security attached to them,” the
“Most of the security problems encountered were recorded in
the remote and rural areas. However, the command was able to nip all these
problems in the bud.
The commissioner said the command in collaboration with INEC
would charge all the suspects to court.