Police detain Goje for early Gombe gov campaign

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The former Governor of Gombe State, Mohammed Danjuma Goje, was on Monday quizzed by the state Police Command for campaigning unlawfully in parts of the state.

Sources said that Goje was invited by the state Police Commissioner Abdullahi Kudu Nma, for embarking on political campaign at a time there still exist a blanket ban on political activities.

The Senator, who was detained for over two hours at the state Police Command, told journalists shortly after his release that he wasn’t campaigning but was rather consulting his constituents to know their problems and look into how he can “assist them within my power and available resources.”

Goje used the opportunity to call on law enforcement agencies to be fair and just to all Nigerians. “We are calling on the authorities and security agencies to be fair to all political parties. The Nigerian constitution allows for the existence of different political parties.” Goje pleaded.

He, however, said the discussions he had with the Police were fruitful, as they were able to understand themselves.

Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent Fwaje Atajiri however revealed that the former Governor was only invited for questioning because he was moving about campaigning with a large number of followers, who were wielding dangerous weapons.

“Senator Goje was invited by the Police for a chat, which went peacefully. He came into town at the weekend, gave us a letter that he was attending a wedding but later we got to know he was holding a campaign rally at Kumo in Akko Local Government Area and some hoodlums were there with all sorts of dangerous weapons,” he said.

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