Radical no-nonsense Nigerian cop being celebrated for saving democracy in Kano Updated for 2021


Updated: March 6, 2021

A radical no-nonsense Nigerian policeman, who is also the Commissioner of Police in Kano, did something no cop before him had ever done in Nigeria.

Mohammed Wakili ordered the arrest of a deputy governor who was reportedly trying to change election results, a day after close to two million residents in Kano spoke loudly with their votes in northern Nigeria’s most vibrant and populous state.

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A defeat of the ruling party in northern Nigeria’s most populous state would be a punishing rebuke from enlightened northern voters against a sitting governor embroiled in corruption scandals but who remains an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari who hails from northern Nigeria and promised to “kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria”.

As a result of the arrest of the deputy governor of Kano and a Commissioner, authentic results were protected and the opposition People’s Democratic Party defeated the party in power with more than 20 thousand votes.

Although the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the election inconclusive, citing rejected votes and the win margin, without the intervention of the radical policeman, the story might have been different. 

With a small rerun election coming up to officially declare a winner, there were reports that powerful individuals had traveled to the Nigerian capital Abuja to beg President Buhari to remove the radical cop before a rerun takes place.

However, local newspapers quoted credible sources at the police headquarters, as saying that despite mounting pressure and campaign for his removal by the state governor, the police headquarters had not found any reason that warrants his removal from Kano. Translation is Mr Wakili is not going anywhere.

The emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, while addressing Journalists on Tuesday after the Saturday governorship and house of assembly election , appreciated  security agents for efforts of sustaining peace in the state before, during and after the election, especially the Police Commissioner, Muhammad Wakili for restoring public confidence in police by the residents.

Muhammad Sanusi said “The Police Commissioner , Muhammad Wakili is worthy of commendation considering public confidence that he has restored in the police’’.

A top security source told DAILY NIGERIAN Mr Wakili, who served in the Nigeria Police Force for 32 years, will retire on age grounds on May 15, 2019, upon reaching the mandatory 60 years of age.

“He will remain in Kano till retirement as there no basis for his removal,” said the source.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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