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Anxiety in Kano as dethroned Emir Aminu Bayero moves into another palace

Anxiety in Kano as dethroned Emir Aminu Bayero moves into another palace

The dethroned Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has moved into a palace in the ancient town.

Bayero is said to be presently occupying the Nasarawa Palace of the Emirate, as opposed to the Kofar Kudu Palace, which the reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi moved into at about 1am Saturday morning.

It was gathered that Aminu Ado Bayero returned to the town in the early hours of Saturday.

The aircraft which conveyed the deposed Emir touched down at the Aminu Kano International Airport at around 4:30 am.

READ ALSO: Kano’s Gov Yusuf orders Police to arrest deposed Emir Aminu Bayero

Bayero was immediately surrounded by his supporters who chanted a verse from Surah Al-Fatihah in the Holy Quran.

“You (alone) we worship, and you (alone) we ask for help (for each and everything),” they chorused.

Bayero’s cavalcade was soon speeding through the lit roads of the city purportedly for the Nasarawa Palace.

Arrest order

Already, Governor Yusuf has ordered the arrest of Aminu Bayero, according to a press statement issued by his media aide Saturday morning.

The statement titled ‘Gov. Yusuf Orders Arrest of Deposed Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero,’ read:

“The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, for creating tension in the state.

“The former Emir was smuggled into Kano city last night in an attempt to forcefully return to the palace two days after being deposed by the Governor.

The statement further said “As the Chief Security Officer of the state, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, has directed the Commissioner of Police to arrest the deposed Emir with immediate effect for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the relative peace the state enjoys.”

Electoral pledges

Governor Yusuf and his New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) had pledged prior to the election of 2023 to reverse some of the policies and projects of his predecessor, Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

READ ALSO: Dethroned emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, returns to Kano

True to his pledge, he began by immediately embarking on the demolition of some structures erected by Ganduje in the state capital, even though the demolition acts had occasioned lawsuits for which the government has paid a huge sum in damages.

The reversal of the Kano Emirates Law and the removal of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero are also a fulfilment of his other plans.

Of course, legal practitioners have already identified a lacuna in the manner the dethroned emir was removed, saying the removal is bound to be faulted if taken to court, the same way the demolition exercise was faulted.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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