By Ogbolu George
Spokesperson of the Katsina state police command, DSP Isah Gambo, has said Abdullahi Umar Tsauri popularly called Tata was not re-arrested.
According to him, he was only invited to answer some questions following a petition written against him.
Tata, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was arrested and arraigned before a magistrate court 10 days ago,took to social media to announce his re-arrest by the police.
He attributed the re-arrest to his planned distribution of Ramadan feeding to the needy and less privileged under his ‘Yaki da Yunwa campaign’
Speaking with Daily Trust, Gambo said that a written petition signed by over 25 highly-placed personalities, which was copied to the state governor, Aminu Masari, and the commissioner of police, prompted the invitation of Tata today.
He denied re-arresting the PDP chieftain but only invited to answer and provide explanations with regards to the six complaints written against him.
The state commissioner of police Usman Abdullahi had told newsmen at a press conference that Tata failed to heed to warnings despite a written undertaking with the police to shelve his planned Yaki Da Yunwa campaign which is viewed as provocative and inciting.
Tata in a chat with journalists insisted that no any law was violated.
“We wrote officially an application which was signed by the chairman seeking to inform the police of our grand closing rally in Dutse on Thursday 18th May, 2017 by 4pm.
“It was assumed that the letter covered whatever concern the Commissioner of Police had because the law allows us to do that. Not only that, we proceeded to Dutse and wrote specifically to the DPO informing about the plans to hold the closing rally upon which we plan to organize a durbar to make it more colourful,” he said.