Police arrest man with 29 PVCs in Kano

Suspect claims he was on assignment for the son of Kano state Governor, Abba Ganduje, who is also the candidate of APC for House of Representatives

Police arrest man with 29 PVCs in Kano

By Oloyede Emmanuel 

The Kano police command has nabbed a suspect, Abdullahi Hayin Hago,  for allegedly being in  possession of 29  Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) belonging to unsuspecting members of the community which, contrary to the electoral act 2022 as amended

The  State  Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, who confirmed the arrest, said that the suspect, aged 45, was arrested at Dawakinkudu East of Dawakin Tofa Local Government area of Kano State.

Based on information and surveillance, the suspect was reportedly sighted photocopying 29 PVCs  at a business centre.

SP Kiyawa disclosed  that the suspect has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of Kano State Police Command for discreet investigation.

The suspect claimed that he was assigned by the son of Kano state Governor Abba Ganduje who is also the candidate of APC for Dawakin Tofa, Rimingado and Tofa Federal constituency.

He said: "Our Rep  candidate Abba wants the Voter’s cards for empowerment of N10,000 to people who agree to vote for him; kindly give me the PVCs to continue my assignment.” 

When Stateflash.com tried to reach the candidate,  Abba Ganduje on the matter, his phone lines were off.

The state party chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, said he was not aware of the development but promised to investigate and call back.

‘’Honestly I am not aware of the arrest of any of our party members by the police on such issue. You see, what people fail to realize these days is, with the introduction of the BVAS by INEC, no single person can make use of another person’s PVC,’’ Abdullahi Abbas said.

Commenting on the development, the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) Chief Campaign Spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin  Tofa, said in a statement that the party had directed its legal team led by the state Legal Adviser, Barr. Bashir Yusuf Tudunwazirchi, to pursue the matter and ensure that the suspect is arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction to face the full wrath of the law.

“You may recall that we have recently secured judgment on similar case against the APC chairman of Yautar Arewa in Gabasawa Local Government Area of Kano state,” said Bature

He stressed the need for community members to speak out and report incidences of such nature in the spirit of protecting democratic principles.