Youths in Gaya Local Government Area of Kano State, yesterday, set on fire, the residence of a three-time senator from Kano South senatorial district, Senator Kabiru Gaya for allegedly failing to fulfill his campaign promises.
An eyewitness told Thisday that the rampaging youths started the demonstration at about 8.30a.m barricading major strategic locations leading to the town, which created heavy gridlock in the area.
Also hit, was the constituency office, residence and poultry farm of member representing Gaya/Ajingi federal constituency, Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya, which were also set ablaze by the irate youths.
“Senator Gaya is one of the politicians we have and has not been living up to our expectations. For almost ten years now, nobody can point out a single project he had executed in Gaya town. So I am not surprised at what had happened today,” a resident of the town who spoke under anonymity said.
However, Gaya has accused his political opponents of sponsoring the ‘hoodlums’ that burnt his house. He told Thisday on phone from the United States that he was still at a loss with the action of the youths, noting that he transformed his constituency by providing basic infrastructure and as such don’t deserve the harrowing treatment.
Senator Gaya said he built dispensaries, schools and boreholes among others for his constituents over the years, stressing that what happened was simply the handiwork of his political opponents.
“Two weeks ago, I was there, I engaged most of them and I have assisted many unemployed youth to secure jobs. I have built hospitals, schools, provided boreholes among others for my people. I don’t believe my people can do this to me, I’m suspecting political opponents who want to get at me,” he stated.
In the mean time, the Kano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 18 youths suspected to have been involved in the riot that led to the torching of the residence and farm house of Gaya and House of Representatives member, Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya.