The Kano State Police Command has declared wanted, Alhaji Musa Iliyasu, a former Commissioner of Rural and Community Development in the state, for alleged electoral offences.
Mr Ibrahim Idris, the state Commissioner of Police, disclosed this to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
The police boss alleged that Ilyasu, a one-time commissioner during the administration of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, now Minister of Education, is wanted for allegedly sponsoring thugs to disrupt last Saturday’s Governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
He said that the suspect allegedly disrupted the polls at Kauran Mata Ward in Madobi Local Government Area of the state.
Idris said that Ilyasu and four others still at large, were declared wanted following the arrest of 14 suspects who mentioned Ilyasu’s name as their sponsor.
He said: “The suspects were arrested for snatching and burning electoral materials including 4, 015 ballot papers for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections at Kauran Mata Registration Area Centre of Madobi local government council.
“We were at his residence to arrest him but he escaped through the fence of his house, therefore, we are now looking for him to charge him to court.”
The CP also disclosed that the command recorded 26 cases of electoral offences during the Presidential and National Assembly elections for which 76 suspects were apprehended.
During the governorship and house of assembly elections, the command, he said, recorded 29 electoral offences, with 76 suspects arrested for involvement in electoral and criminal offences.
Idris further disclosed that the command also arrested two INEC ad-hoc staff, Aisha Zubairu and Hamisu Murtala, in Takai Local Government Area for conspiring and diverting electoral materials to the personal residence of Zubairu.
The CP continued: “The suspects were arrested with the election materials not at the designated polling station, or with any security attached to them,’’
“Most of the security problems encountered were recorded in the remote and rural areas. However, the command was able to nip all these problems in the bud.
Idris said that all the arrested suspects would soon be charged to court for prosecution over the alleged offences accordingly.