Seven persons have been reportedly killed and 63 suspected thugs arrested in Kano State on Thursday after hoodlums attacked the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) supporters.
According to reports, 10 vehicles were destroyed and several other people also reportedly sustained injuries during the attack which occurred at noon along Naibawa-Zaria Road.
It was learned that the NNPP supporters were on their way to Kwanar Dangora on the outskirts of the city to receive the party’s presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who arrived in the state for the grand finale of his presidential campaign rally when the incident happened.
According to reports, one of the persons feared to have died in the clashes was set ablaze after he was accused of killing three persons.
Speaking with reporters, the Public Relations Officer of the state Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said 63 persons found with dangerous weapons were arrested and will be prosecuted.
He said 40 suspected thugs were initially apprehended and handed over to the police but another set of 23 suspects were also arrested in connection with the attack.
He said: “We have arrested about 63 suspected thugs disrupting public peace, wielding dangerous weapons, burning vehicles, and snatching handsets from people.
“They are going to be investigated and taken to court for prosecution.”