Politicians arrested over attack on governor Shema

Governor Shema.

The Kano Zonal Police office of the Criminal investigation Department (CID) have arrested two leaders of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Jamilu Dahiru Saude and AbdulKadir Musa, in connection with an alleged attack on the Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shehu Shema, during the recent burial of late president Umar Musa Yar’Adua in Katsina.

Mr. Saude, who is the younger brother of the chairman of Petroleum Trust Development Fund, Muntaqa Rabe Darma, and Mr. Musa were arrested in Katsina by 7pm on Friday and brought to Kano Zone 1 Police headquarters that same day around 10.30pm local time.

They are said to be both supporters of the late Yar’Adua, and are suspected to have masterminded the attack on Mr. Shema and his other colleagues during the burial of the late Yar’Adua. Security sources said that the duo were quizzed and set free by the police over their alleged role shortly after the incident, and have been regular callers at the Katsina State police command headquarters until they were re-arrested last Friday and brought to the Zonal CID.

Politically motivated?

Mr. Saude said the arrest was purely political because Mr. Shema had identified his elder brother as a potential threat.

“What I have been going through in the hands of the police is politically motivated by some forces who are scared of our influence in the state,” he said.

He further explained that his ordeal is because of his repeated call on PDP leaders to have respect for “internal democracy” in the state, adding that his innocence will be established at the law courts.

Police officials at the Zone 1 headquarters are, however, keeping sealed lips over the arrest and detention of the high profile personalities in Katsina.

However, a top security chief in the zone confirmed the arrest of politicians but declined to comment on it.

“The guys are here with us based on instructions from the above and we are not allowed to comment on it for now,” he said.

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