The Police in Kaduna State has invited the Kaduna State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rifai, and two others to appear before it for questioning.
The invitation, via a letter, signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the CID, summoning the trio, including Suleiman Hunkuyi and Lawal Yakawada, was followed up with phone calls.
Hunkuyi is the APC senatorial candidate for Kaduna North and chairman of the APC Kaduna state campaign council, while Yakawada, a former Secretary to the State Government under the administration of late Governor Patrick Yakowa, is a member of the APC campaign council.
Samuel Aruwan, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in Kaduna, confirming the summoning, alleged that the intention of the police is to keep the trio, being major APC weight, till after the election.
Recall that the party had earlier raised the alarm that there were plans by security agencies to arrest its members before the elections.
According to Huhuonline, Members of the party in the state believe the trio was being framed on allegations that their supporters destroyed billboards belonging to the opposition in Zaria.
But the APC said it was the victim and had constantly reported to the police that billboards and campaign materials of candidates were being destroyed. The Police never made any arrest or took any action.
Rather than appear, however, the party, through its counsel, Associate Professor Yusuf Dankofa, replied the police command, reminding it of a pending case on the issue before a Federal High Court in Kaduna.
The party’s letter reminded the police that arresting its members over the same issue would be subjudice and further translate to a total disregard for justice and a further desecration of the hallowed majesty of our courts.