The Kano State deputy governor, Hafiz Abubakar, has petitioned the police and the Department State of Services, DSS, over threat to his life and plans to impeach him. Mr. Abubakar, a loyalist of former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, had been at loggerheads with the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, for siding with Mr Kwankwaso in the political impasse in the state.
In a petition dated 30th July, 2018 and addressed to Kano State police commissioner and copied to the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone I, and the state director of the DSS, Mr. Hafiz Abubakar sought deployment of security personnel around him. In the petition, the deputy governor said the state government had released funds to mobilise youths from the 44 local government areas of the state to protest against his stay in office. It reads: “My attention has been drawn to orchestrated plots to frame me up on non-existing allegations to pave way for my impeachment from office by the State House of Assembly.
“Secondly, the state government was also alleged to have made funds available to the 44 Local Government Councils to raise groups and organize a protest in the State Capital to call for either my resignation or impeachment from office. “The concern here is that the protest, no matter how peaceful it was intended to be, could be hijacked by miscreants and turn it into violent one, thereby posing security threat not only to my person but to the state at large. “Another worry is the fact that, I am residing in my private residence not the official residence that is located in the secure environment within the Government House, as Government is yet to provide me with the Statutory Official Residence. I travel no less than 40km to and from my residence to the office on daily basis.
“In view of the foregoing realities, I am calling on the State Police Command to strengthen security around me and particularly at my residence in order to forestall any unpleasant security breach.”