Police Disrupt Lamido’s Jigawa Rally, arrest 148
By Aliyu M. Hamagam, Dutse
The police in Jigawa State on Saturday allegedly disrupted a political gathering organised by youth from across the 27 local government areas of the state in honour of ex-governor Sule Lamido.
Our correspondent reports that the police mounted road blocks along the roads leading to Bamaina, the home town of the former governor, forcing people, mostly youth going for the occasion to look for other routes to reach their destination.
The occasion later held in the private house of the former governor as most of those turned back by the police found their way to the venue through bush paths.
Sources said ‘the hard-stand’ of security operatives on the occasion may not be unconnected with the critical disposition of the former governor to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the national and state levels.
Reacting over the action of the police in Bamaina, Lamido, who spoke to journalists in his country home, said he was shocked when he was informed that the young men coming to see him were stopped by the police.
“I’ve never heard of a mutual gathering that requires one to ask for permit, even on Saturday we were in Sokoto for a wedding and nobody was asked to show his permit. But, since it is Sule Lamido, whoever is coming to see me must get permit,” he said.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Jigawa State police command, Abdul Jinjiri, said officers and men of the force were deployed to different parts of Birnin Kudu Local Government Area, not only Bamaina, upon a hint on planned security breach.
“So far, 148 people in possession of dangerous weapons that include locally made revolver with live ammunition, Dane guns and other weapons have been arrested,” he said.