Police Arrest Two Aspirants of Tomorrow's Election


Nigeria police on Friday confirmed the arrest of two aspirants in Saturday's National Assembly election over alleged killings in Kano and Kwara state.

The first aspirant is honorable Abdulmumini Jibrin-Kofa, representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency in Kano. While the second aspirant is Rufai Ibrahim, PDP Kwara South Senatorial candidate.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Friday in Abuja said the suspects were arrested in connection with the killings in Kwara and Kano states respectively.


Adamu explained this while answering questions at a media briefing where he featured alongside the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, on the Commission’s preparations for Saturday’s national elections.


He said that the suspects, who happened to be candidates participating in Saturday’s elections, were arrested for having connections with the crisis in the two states, and that they needed to defend themselves.


“We heard of what happened in Kwara, the Commissioner of Police reported that two people were killed and the group of people that were suspected to have perpetrated the killing were arrested.


“And one of them is a candidate of a political party. So, because he is a candidate in the election, should we allow him to go without facing the law?


“So, he has been arrested with others; he needs to defend himself as regards the murder allegation.

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