Kano – Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the Grand Commander of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, survived a vicious attack on his convoy at Kofar village on his way to Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State on Thursday.
Although, Kwankwaso was unhurt, no fewer than 10 persons, mostly women, were injured, while 10 cars were smashed and six burnt beyond recognition.
Daily Independent learnt that hell was let loose immediately Rabiu Kwankwaso and his convoy hit the sleepy village 51 kilometres south of Kano.
In a chat with journalists in Kano, the PDP deputy gubernatorial candidate, Aminu AbdulSalam, alleged that thugs loyal to a member representing Kiru/Bebeji Constituency, Abdulmumin Jibrin, barricaded the road, and this resulted in a bloody clash.
AbdulSalam said the assailants chose soft targets in the convoy, adding that a 70-year-old man, Jibrin dan Aku, and the chairperson of Voice of Divorcees, Altine Abdullahi, were among the victims.
He revealed that there was no loss of life during what he described as “premeditated attack”, adding that the police escort attached to the convoy contained the situation.
According to AbdulSalam, “Kwankwaso is safe, hale and hearty, and as I speak to you, he is addressing PDP supporters at Kwanar Dangora. He is expected back in the city tonight.”
The PDP gubernatorial running mate blamed resurgence of violence in the state to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Balarabe Sule, whose transfer out of Kano was reportedly compromised by the police high command, allegedly in readiness for rigging.
He said DCP Balarabe Sule has been giving cover to miscreants from APC to unleash mayhem, and noted that “here was a man that was sent off and violence receded, but his dramatic return, just a day in the command, violence returned”.
Daily Independent learnt that Senator Kwankwaso had planned his final rally alongside the PDP governorship candidate, Abba Yusuf, to be held at Kiru and Bebeji on Thursday but the long motorcade of the party leader was denied passage through Kofa village.
Spokesman of the Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the incident, saying the police had promptly dispatched its men to bring the situation under control.
He said the police were yet to ascertain the casualty figures in the clash.