Updated: Police Hold Five G-7 Governors Hostage In Kano Governor’s Lodge (PHOTOS)
At least five of the group of seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and some other persons were Sunday evening held hostage by a detachment of police officers at the Kano state Governors’ Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
The G-7 governors — Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger) — and the leadership of the new PDP were in a closed-door session when the DPO of Asokoro Division, Nnana Ama stormed the Kano governor’s lodge.
Apart from the governors, others at the meeting were chairman of the nPDP Alhaji Kawu Baraje, secretary Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Alhalji Kashim Imam, senators Aisha Alassan, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, Bukola Saraki, former governor of Bayelsa state Chief Timipre Sylva, Sam Sam Jaja, former governor of Ekiti Segun Oni and the national vice-chairman of the PDP (northwest), Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure.
The DPO spotted in orange polo shirt barges into G7 governors meeting with a retinue of officers. He was said to have been enaraged after the governors dare him to do his worst.
Oyinlola gave a graphic account of the brief disruption of the meeting: “We were holding our meeting with the governors when the DPO of Asokoro came in to say that he had instructions to disperse us from holding meeting or else effect arrest.
“We were surprised that, in spite of the fact that the consultations on the resolution of the PDP crisis had been put on hold as a result of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Mecca… and it was made known to all Nigerians that we will continue after the pilgrimage break. It is for the continuation of the reconciliation process that we were meeting here, only for the DPO to come.
“And we said okay, if you had instructions that we should not hold meeting, we were ready to be arrested. We felt that this is the height of impunity for a DPO to have the guts to tell a group of governors that we cannot meet. I think it was not as bad as this even during the military era.
“We told him that we were ready for arrest and he should go and bring his troops to effect the arrest. So, we continued the meeting and we finished our meeting. The resolution was that we should continue the meeting that was postponed with the president; that was the essence of the meeting.”
The new PDP and Governor Nyako have condemned the action of the police, describing it as an act of intolerance. National publicity secretary of the faction Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said: “The action of the police shows lack of tolerance on the part of those in power at the centre and this goes to show the decaying level of governance and mismanagement of the nation’s security to settle political misunderstanding.
“It shows that the government at the centre is gradually become despotic and totalitarian by the day as previous actions of the police have shown that there is a desperate attempt to hunt us in the new PDP.”
Nyako, who spoke through his chief press secretary, Ahmed Sajoh, said “as far as we are concerned, we are disappointed by the act of the police which allowed a junior officer like a DPO to storm the venue of meeting of governors”.
“The incident shows desperation and intolerance; it shows how indiscipline and compromised our security agencies, especially the police can be in the country. If this could happen to governors, it then means that the ordinary man on the streets cannot associate freely,” Sajoh added.
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