•Withdraw after 15 hours siege
Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Heavily armed policemen on Tuesday sealed the Kano residence of the former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
The residence which is situated at Lugard Road, is a few minutes drive from the state Government House.
Kwankwaso’s residence which also serves as headquarters of Kwankwasiyya movement, was sealed over an alleged plan by the former governor to conduct a mass wedding.
Confirming the sealing of the residence, the state police commissioner, Mr. Rabiu Yusuf, said: “We have directed our men to seal the residence because of an intelligence report that there is a plan to conduct a mass wedding at the house”
Rabiu spokes through the police spokesman, Magaji Musa Majia, noting that “Police did not permit any mass wedding at the residence.”
However, an insider of Kwankwasiyya movement told THISDAY that “The mass wedding was conducted on Monday secretly with the attendance of only the brides, grooms and next of kin including some selected Islamic scholars.”
Meanwhile, 15 hours after laying siege at the residence, the armed police officers were withdrawn.
When THISDAY visited the Lugard road residence of the former governor, it was observed that the gate was under lock and key.
However, the Kwankwaasiyya faithful were noticed outside the building in groups, speaking in hush tones, over what they described as an unpleasant development.
The link roads to Kwnankwaso’s Lugard residence that were initially cordoned off had been opened to free flow of traffic.
As at the time of filing this report, sources close to the Kwankwassiya Movement, said the withdrawal of the police officers was sequel to an alleged complaint made by Kwankwaso to higher authorities over the rationale behind such action.
The seal up of Kwankwaso’s residence was over alleged plan by the ex-governor to conduct mass wedding in the house.