Security consciousness among Kano residents paid off yesterday morning as neighbours to PDP secretariat located at Gyadi Gydai quarters of Kano metropolis foiled an attempt by unknown persons to burn down the rented edifice.
Vice Chairman of the party, Alhaji Muhammad Wada, told reporters: “At about today, some persons successfully gained entrance into the compound of our secretariat located at Gyadi- Gyadi , armed with disused tyres, and set the only parked vehicle inside the compound ablaze.
It can be recalled a similar attack penultimate week when hoodlums penetrated a function holding inside the secretariat and unleashed mayhem on party members leaving scores injured , while properties were vandalized.
Wada spoke further: “The sound generated by the fire attracted neighbours who came out en-mass to give the suspected arsonists a wild chase while some put out the fire and therefore saved our secretariat”.
The botched arson came on the heels of rally by the party to welcome the chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Hassan Kafayos, and his members to the city already taken over by the police and other security agents .
The leadership of Caretaker Committee was inaugurated in Abuja by the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, some weeks ago following the expiration of tenure of the Adamu Sumaila-led executives.
The action of the national leadership of the PDP attracted condemnation by elected PDP ward and local government chairmen who described the steps as unconstitutional and usurpation of power “employing reckless approach”.
Meanwhile, the police denied the arson on the Kano PDP describing it as a rumour.
The state Commissioner of Police, Musa AbdulSalam Daura, in a telephone interview denied the alleged arson, stressing that “the heavy presence of police in the city was in line with proactive steps taking to ensure a hitch free outing the party organized for the formal visit of top party official to the state”.
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