By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
An ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abubakar Dantabawa, has described as baseless and politically motivated to tarnish his image the allegation that he had meeting with bandits in his house.
In a statement he issued, Alhaji Abubakar Dantabawa said that he came in from Kaduna to sympathise with, and assist the victims of floods in his hometown.
He explained that after meeting with the representatives of the people from his town on how to go about distributing palliatives, he discharged them, and around 9pm the police stormed his resident and arrested him and 16 other friends.
He explained that surprisingly, among those arrested when the police stormed his house were serving permanent secretary in the state civil service and other PDP members who, as friends, usually visited him whenever he’s around, asking who are the Bandits he was accused of meeting with?
Up till when he was released, he said nobody in the police told him what he did saying that they only read what he called the baseless allegation in the media.
He accused the police for stealing his N20 million during the raid. He vowed to seek for redress in the court.
“Moreover, members of the opposition APC led by the state chairman Alhaji Lawalli Kaura staged a protest in the state capital, Gusau, accusing the police commissioner of being biased and partisan. They accused him for dancing to the tune of the PDP led state government, harassing and intimidating their members.
“The APC chairman said they have written several complaints to the Commissioner of Police against police brutality to their members, but nothing has been done. They have now decided to petition the IG of police and other relevant authorities,” the statement explained.
The Police have said they arrested Alhaji Abubakar Dantabawa for allegedly having the meeting with bandits in his house, according to the Zamfara state police spokesman.
Abubakar Dantabawa, popularly known as Abu-Dantabawa, is an ardent supporter and ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, former governor of Zamfara state, which the police said they arrested him based on the intelligence information available to them.
However, many people in the state believed that the arrest was politically motivated, targeting opposition by Zamfara state PDP led government to silence them, as this is not the first time the state government arrested opposition leaders from APC in the name of security or banditry issue.
Report has it that the state government arrested former commissioners of local government and chieftaincy affairs Alhaji Bello Dankande Gamji and education, Alhaji Ibrahim DanMalikin Gidan Goga.
Many residents of Gusau, the state capital, have expressed displeasure over the incessant arrests of oppositions and politicising security issues in the state which, according to them, would not augur well for the state.