The Kano State Police command, yesterday, paraded a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, Alhaji Sale Kura, 54, and one Ibrahim Lawal as sponsors and killers of two members of the state House of Assembly last year.
The poilce said the victims were killed for a fee of N100,000 of which N30,000 was given them as part payment, leaving a balance of N70,000.
An Assembly member, Ibrahim Abba Garko (PDP) was murdered by unknown gunmen on November 17, while his counterpart, Alhaji Danladi Kademi, was shot dead in front of his guest house on December 14, 2012.
The police said Kura was arrested following a painstaking effort by investigators which led to the arrest of the principal suspect, Ibrahim Lawal, who then named the PDP chieftain as his sponsor.
The Kano State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, said killers of the two legislators held several meetings with their sponsor on how to assassinate their victims in his (Alhaji Kura) car park in his residence.
Briefing newsmen in his office following the breakthrough in police investigations, Idris said: “The command, based on information, arrested one Ibrahim Lawal in connection with the killing of late Danladi Isa Kademi. Lawal allegedly confessed during interrogation that he physically participated in the killing and he personally shot Kademi dead.”
Idris revealed that Lawal confessed to have joined the gang of hired killers in January 2012, naming their gang leader and armourer as one Abdullahi, alias Mabo of Filin Kashew, Unguwa Uku quarters in Kano metropolis.
Other gang members still at large
The CP, however, said other gang members, including Sagir Yahuza of Farin Massalaci Unguwa Uku, Surajo Adamu of Layin Tazarce Unguwa Uku, Tasiu Shuaibu of Layin Yarabawa Unguwa Uku and Mohammed Abdulsalam of Layin Tazarce Unguwa Uku quarters in Kano metropolis were, however, on the run.
He, however, said “the alleged sponsor of the assassination of the two legislators, Alhaji Kura also lives at Layin Yarabawa Unguwa Uku quarters and runs a boutique at Abubakar Rimi market, Sabon Gari.
Idris further explained that the gang leader and five other accomplices were still at large.
He further revealed that “the suspected sponsor, Alhaji Sale Kura, was together and observed his evening prayers with late Ibrahim Abba Garko, at the time he was assassinated at Yan’Awaki quarters.