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In Kaduna Thugs attack Sen Hunkuyi at political gathering

Hunkuyi had convened the meeting to sensitise  party supporters to resist an alleged plan to impose candidates on them during the APC Congresses scheduled from May 5.

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Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi

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Sen Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC Kaduna North) on Sunday escaped being killed  by thugs during  a political gathering of stakeholders and leaders of the ruling All Progresive Congress (APC) he convened in Kaduna.

Hunkuyi had convened the meeting to sensitise  party supporters to resist an alleged plan to impose candidates on them during the APC Congresses scheduled from May 5.

However, thugs stormed the venue of the meeting  at ENDwell Hotel in the city center, brandishing all kind of weapons  and throwing stones on the supporters chanting “Kaduna  sai Uba Sani, Kaduna  Sai   El-Rufai in 2019.”

In the process, five persons sustained injuries  and are receiving treatment at Barau Dikko and Garkuwa hospitals in the metropolis, while many vehicles  destroyed.

Jame Obute, Media Aide to the Senator told NAN that  that: “those who sustained various degrees of injuries were taken to Garkuwa Hospital and Barau Dikko specialists Hospital where they are receiving treatment.

“Some vehicles’ windscreens  including those belonging to  the Chairman ATAR Communication and leader of APC  Restoration group,  Tijjani Ramalan, were broken by the thugs.

Meanwhile, Hunkuyi, who had visited the injured person in the two hospitals,   condemned the attack.

He accused the state government of masterminding the attack.

According to him,  the thugs may have  been sponsored by those who are feeling jittery of his political acceptance in the state.

He said the gathering was not a political campaign but meant  to sensitise stakeholders and party supporters to resist imposition of delegates through affirmation or selection during the party congresses in the state.

Hunkuyi said he had been in politics for  the last 30 years but had never had such an encounter.

He said he had made a formal  report  to the Commissioner of Police.

Contacted the Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar,  confirmed that Hunkuyi had lodged a complaint with the police on the attack.

He, however, declined further comments.

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