The Kano state police command has arrested Abdulmumin Jibrin, a member of the house of representatives, on the eve of the National Assembly elections after he was fingered as one of those behind the attack on the convoy of Rabiu Kwankwaso of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) on Thursday.
Mr. Kwankwaso is the senator representing Kano central in the National Assembly.
Jibrin, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and a fierce loyalist of President Muhammadu Buhari, was among the suspects arrested over the attack.
Kwankwaso’s convoy was reportedly denied passage through Kofa village by suspected thugs said to be working for the APC, sparking a clash between the PDP and APC supporters, which left at least two people dead and others injured.
At Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) briefing in Abuja on Friday, Abubakar Adamu, inspector-general of police, confirmed the arrest of chairman of House of Reps committee on Appropriation after he was fingered in the attack.
Mr. Aminu Gwarzo, Kano PDP deputy gubernatorial candidate, had alleged that Jibrin’s loyalists were behind the attack.
The IGP said, “In Kano, we all know there was a problem in Kano. Two people were killed and the vehicles were burnt down because of a clash between party supporters.
“And police had to move in, make arrest of people committing this crime on the scene. And in the course of making arrests, one of the suspects happens to be a candidate in the election.
“Do we leave him because he is a candidate? I think he should defend himself. That is why he was arrested. This is a country that obeys the rule of law.”