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Kano govt bans public gatherings, protests over Emir Sanusi reinstatement




By Stephen Asaba-ase

The Kano State Government has announced a ban on all public gatherings and protests in the state, effective immediately. This decision was made public through a lot of statements issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Tofa, on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

According to the statement, the governor has directed security agencies, including the Nigerian police, DSS, and NSCDC, to arrest, detain, and prosecute anyone involved in any unauthorized demonstrations or processions on the streets of Kano. This move is seen as a preemptive measure to prevent a potential breakdown of law and order, which could be exploited by enemies of the state.

The government claims to have received credible intelligence that some prominent individuals from the opposition party in Kano have been planning to sponsor student unions and political agitators from other northwestern states to incite the public, under the guise of advocating for the reinstatement of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

The Kano State High Court has already ordered the eviction of Bayero and four other colleagues from their positions as emirs in Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye. The government has warned student unions and individuals not to be manipulated by mischief makers who seek to fan conflict and chaos in Kano.

Instead, the government urges everyone in the state to go about their normal activities, as the state remains peaceful and harmonious. The government will continue to closely monitor the situation to address any individuals or factions that attempt to undermine the peace currently enjoyed in the state.

This development comes after a Federal High Court in Kano ordered the eviction of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace, while a State High Court restrained the police and other security outfits from carrying out the eviction order. The Federal Court has since ordered the police to ensure that all rights and privileges due to Aminu Bayero are given to him as the rightful Emir of Kano. The presiding judge, Mr. Amobeda, emphasized that the order was made in the interest of justice and the maintenance of peace, law, and order in Kano State.

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