Police Avert Attack on Kaduna APC Headquarters

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…as State Chapter, 7 council bosses endorse indefinite suspension of Senator Shehu Sani

In what was suspected to be pre-planned attack, thugs suspected to be loyal to embattled Senator Shehu Sani stormed the state secretariat of the All Progressive Peoples Congress (APC) on Ali Akilu Way yesterday afternoon. An eye-witness said the thugs who were up to 50, hit the gate of the secretariat with local weapons, chanting solidarity songs in support of the Senator.

It took the intervention of a detachment of police personnel, who manned strategic positions in and around the party secretariat to restore normalcy.

There has been a running battle between the senator and his ruling party since the Ward 6 Exco of the party sent the Senator on 11 months suspension for alleged anti-party activities, a suspension that ended last October. The Senator reportedly said the suspension order was useless.

There was stampede a day earlier at the senator’s office when his “Social Media Team” was reportedly holding closed door meeting, that was disrupted by club and machete-wielding thugs. The development caused gridlock in the heart of the city as pedestrians and motorists scampered for safety.

Yesterday’s attack on the party secretariat by the thugs came while the state executives of the party were in a meeting, which was almost disrupted. At the end of the meeting, the state executive council of the party endorsed the indefinite suspension handed down to Senator Shehu Sani by his Ward 6 Exco members.

Seven local government councils’ leaders, days ago – at a joint meeting – also backed the indefinite suspension order of Ward 6 , which is the Senator’s immediate constituency.

The Senator’s media and publicity team had in recent months organized series of press conferences in the state capital condemning the government’s policies, before and after the disciplinary action taken by the Ward 6 Excos, a situation that gave the impression that the Senator has become combative.

Elders and opinion leaders in the state as well as Governor Nasir Ahmad Elrufai are yet to comment on the development.