Political parties in Kano sign peace accord

by Ranti Joseph

The Nigerian Police Command, on Sunday, invited political parties in the state to sign a peace accord as it was done at Abuja. The event during which the accord was signed took place at the Nigerian Police Officer’s Mess, Milla road, Bompai.

According to the command, this was aimed at controlling what could happen if things are left unchecked.

The outgoing Commissioner of Police, Aderinle Shinaba, who was recently promoted to the rank of AIG, said such agreement is necessary, observing what happened in the state in recent times where lots of cars were set ablaze by thugs from opposing parties and cases of loss of lives.

He said the Nigerian Police Force would not relent in bringing to book any person or group that causes a set back to fragile level of peace enjoyed in the state.

Politicians must not as a result of their selfish interests push the youths into violence. Shinaba said the command would hence forth not tolerate inflammatory comments made by some politicians.

The Kano State deputy governor Umar Ganduje, who represented his party APC, said the peace accord was a welcome development. He applauded the police force for initiating such an important idea. He however urged political parties in the state to adhere strictly to all what is contained in the peace accord.

In his remark, AIG in charge of Zone One, Muhammad Tambari Yabo apologized to some political parties whose names and logos were mistakenly omitted from the list, this he said was not delibrate. Only five parties were listed for the peace accord stating that the police has noted the error and would correct it immedietly.

Yabo said election is not a religious war (jihad), it is about casting vote for the person that is best for a post. “People must do away with the idea of it is either my candidate or no one else,” he said.

Yabo said people should remember that they have relations, friends and well wishers in other states, what they do to people in Kano could affect their people outside. He said his men would do all they can to enforce law and order in the state.

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