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Kano governor bans public protests over emirship tussle

Kano governor bans public protests over emirship tussle

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has put restrictions on protests in a bid to curb potential unrest within the state.

This announcement was made through a statement delivered by his media aide, Sanusi Bature, on Wednesday.

Under the new directive, Governor Yusuf authorized the Police, the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to take robust measures against anyone engaging in public demonstrations.

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According to the governor’s aide, these security agencies are instructed to “apprehend, detain, and prosecute any individual or group partaking in demonstrations on the streets of Kano.”

The governor’s office described this measure as a preemptive strategy designed to prevent any breakdown of law and order that might be incited by state adversaries.

The move comes amid concerns that protests could escalate into violence, potentially disturbing peace and public safety.

This decision has stirred various reactions among the citizens and groups within Kano, with some viewing it as a necessary step towards maintaining stability, while others criticize it as an infringement on democratic rights to free speech and assembly.

An observer, a student at one of the state-owned universities in Kano State, said the statement was a bit less intelligent as it “could not even veil its target. A smart statement would not even mention names and would not give the impression that it was targeted at anyone. Just ban demonstrations to keep peace in the state and leave it like that. But this one has clearly shown that it was targeted at Aminu Ado Bayero. It’s unintelligent.”

The statement reads:

“We are privy to credible intelligence indicating that certain prominent figures from the opposition party in Kano have devised plans to sponsor student associations and political agitators from other northwestern states to incite chaos under the guise of advocating for the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

“The state government has explicitly outlawed protests, demonstrations, or processions of any kind, and individuals found on the streets of Kano engaging in such activities will be promptly apprehended.

“Through this declaration, we caution student groups against being manipulated by troublemakers who are resolute in fomenting disorder in Kano.”

The governor urged all citizens of the state to carry on with their normal activities as the state retains its tranquility, and the government will persist in vigilant oversight of the situation to promptly address any individuals or factions trying to undermine the relative peace that state presently enjoys.

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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