A Kano State Magistrates’ Court has remanded the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, at a correctional facility on Wednesday 1st, March, 2023, over criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and arson, unlawful possession of a firearm, mischief, and public disturbance.

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa

Doguwa was taken before Court 58 of the Magistrate’s Court in Nomansland area of the state metropolis on Wednesday evening, following his arrest at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Tuesday, 28th February, 2023.

The magistrate, Ibrahim Yola, ordered the remand of Doguwa after the First Information Report was read. He thereafter adjourned the case to 7th, March, 2023.

The Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Kiyawa, said Doguwa was arrested in connection with a suspected case of criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide, causing grievous hurt, mischief by fire and inciting disturbance.

Hon. Alhassan Doguwa

He said the arrest followed complaints, “received on the gruesome murder of three persons, causing grievous injury to eight others in Tudun Wada LGA on 26/02/2023, while the collation of election results was ongoing and an alleged viral video of some victims with suspected gunshots in the Social Media.”
Kiyawa said Doguwa was arrested because he refused to honour an invitation extended to him by the police.

He was subsequently arrested by detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department Bompai Kano at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano,” the PPRO said.

Earlier on Tuesday at a media briefing, Doguwa denied the allegation that supporters of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, were responsible for the fire that gutted the secretariat of the NNPP in Tudun Wada LGA of the state.

Burnt secretariat of the NNPP in Tudun Wada LGA of the state

During the briefing, Doguwa also said he learnt that the police were looking for him but said he had not received any formal invitation.

I never held a gun. I don’t even know how to hold a gun. I also never held any weapon throughout the election,” he said.

Story: Christy Dung