A Kano Magistrate Court Wednesday remanded House of Representatives Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado Doguwa in prison custody over allegations of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, unlawful possession of fire arm, mischief and public disturbance.
Senior Magistrate, Ibrahim Mansur Yola remanded the defendant till March 7th, 2023 for hearing of the bail application.
Alhassan Doguwa was arrested on Monday 28 February, at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on his way to Saudi Arabia, by the joint operatives of the State Investigation Bureau (SIB) of the Nigeria Police and the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and was arraigned on Wednesday 1st March, 2023 before Magistrate Ibrahim Mansur Yola in Nomansland Court Complex, Kano.
Earlier, Kano State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Kiyawa said the arrest and prosecution followed complaints “received on the gruesome murder of three persons, causing grievous injury to eight others in Tudun Wada LGA on 26/02/2023 while the collation of election results was ongoing and an alleged viral video of some victims with suspected gunshots in the Social Media.”
The PPRO said Doguwa was arrested because he refused to honour an invitation extended to him by the police.
NNPP Applauds Swift Police Action
Meanwhile, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Kano has commended the Nigeria Police, Kano State Command for the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Doguwa, over the killing of at least 16 of its members and burning of the Party’s Secretariat on Sunday.
A statement by Spokesperson of NNPP Campaign Council, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, in part reads; “The NNPP wish to commend the effort of the police for taking a swift action in arresting and prosecuting Mr Doguwa who has traumatised families of his victims and indeed the general public by setting ablaze the Party’s office in Tudun Wada and allegedly shot score dead.”
He said, Doguwa was allegedly sighted firing people with pistol and killed three innocent members of the Party.
The statement further said, ”It is disheartening that Alhassan Ado Doguwa was brutally barbarous and ingrate to the people he has been consistently represented for nearly two decades at the Green Chamber, where he currently served as the Majority Leader of the House. It is therefore unfortunate that Doguwa, Nigeria’s number 8th citizen, is found wanting in a callous offense of this magnitude.
“Doguwa has been tolerated for so long as a reckless politician in Kano but no citizen’s life worth trade-off for the realisation of an individual’s political ambition. Therefore, we demand justice for our slain members and those who sustain injuries of various degrees.
“A freedom for wild Ado Doguwa, after orchestrated the atrocity against humanity and his political benefactors, poses threat to the public peace and functioning of democracy in Kano especially with the critical gubernatorial election ahead of us in less than two weeks’ time.
”We are set to challenge in court the election outcomes in Gwarzo/Kabo, Makoda/Dambatta and Tudun Wada/Doguwa where votes were violently rigged by the ruling APC. Also, to be challenged in court are the results from Bagwai/Shanono where the Election Returning Officer was forced to declare a winner in the election that was legally inconclusive.