Security operatives have arrested the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives Alhassan Ado-Doguwa for burning 13 people alive and shooting three others to death in Tudunwada Local Government Area of Kano State on Sunday.
Mr Doguwa led hundreds of thugs to set the campaign office of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, on fire while dozens of party supporters were inside.
Mr Doguwa, who is the House of Representatives candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for Doguwa/Tudun-Wada Federal Constituency, had earlier disrupted the collation of election results and forced the returning officer to declare him winner under duress.
While the office was on fire, he stood by the median of the road and allegedly used the service pistol of his orderly to kill those trying to flee from the fire.
A witness who visited the graves of the 16 victims told this newspaper that on the day of the attack only three bodies were seen, adding that 13 more charred bodies were discovered the following day.
Credible security sources confirmed that Mr Doguwa was arrested on Tuesday alongside his orderly at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, when they were trying to leave the country.
The source said, “The House Leader Ado Doguwa has been arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police Baba Alkali for using service pistol of his orderly to shoot three people to death and burning dozen others alive.
“They were on the verge of fleeing the country when the security operatives nabbed them. The IGP expressed serious concern over the incident and insisted they must be arrested and brought to book for committing such a heinous crime.”
Attempts by our correspondent to get the reaction of the police spokesman in the state, Haruna Abdullahi, were unsuccessful, as he neither picked up calls nor responded to an SMS sent to his known phone number.