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Durbar Ban: Kano Govt Knocks Police For Disregarding Gov

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The Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Isah Dederi, has expressed strong disapproval of the Kano State Police Command’s decision to ban Eid-el-Kabir Durbar festivities without consultation with Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.

Dederi, speaking on behalf of the state government, lampooned the state commissioner of police for disregarding the governor’s authority as the chief security officer of the state.

“I am compelled to ask the question: who is usurping the authority of the Commander-in-Chief?” Dederi said, in a statement issued on Saturday.

He pointed out that the governor only learned of the ban through social media, emphasizing the unilateral nature of the police decision.

“How can anybody in his right senses ban Sallah festivities in Kano? When did the State governor cease to be the Chief Security Officer that he will only see such a ban on social media?” he asked.

The controversy stems from the Kano State Police Command’s recent announcement prohibiting traditional Eid-el-Kabir Durbar activities, citing security concerns amidst ongoing tensions surrounding the Kano Emirship.

The police defended their decision as necessary for public safety, stating that no cultural troupes or durbar-related activities would be permitted post-festival.

Dederi also addressed a recent Federal High Court ruling regarding the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, who was dethroned earlier.

The court had found that the former emir’s fundamental rights were violated during his confinement and awarded him compensation.

“The court has ruled on the matter, and any dissatisfied party has the right to appeal,” Dederi stated, clarifying the government’s stance on the legal proceedings surrounding the former emir’s case.

Regarding accusations that the governor had ordered the former emir’s arrest, Dederi refuted claims of forceful confinement, asserting that security measures were taken to prevent potential unrest following the former emir’s return to Kano with supporters.

“It is the constitutional duty of the Governor to maintain peace and order in the state,” Dederi affirmed, defending Governor Yusuf’s actions as necessary to ensure public safety amidst the unfolding events.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf announced the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano on Thursday, May 23 throwing the state into a crisis.

The announcement came shortly after Governor Yusuf signed into law the new Kano Emirate Council Law 2024 at the Government House in Kano, effectively reversing the controversial division of the emirate instituted under his predecessor.

Sanusi, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was dethroned in March 2020 by the administration of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who had created four additional emirates, thereby fracturing the historic Kano Emirate.

Governor Yusuf’s decision included the dethronement of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and four other first-class emirs who were established under the previous administration.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” Governor Yusuf announced to applause at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House.

The newly enacted Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 replaced the 2019 law that divided the Kano Emirate into five, a move that stirred significant controversy.

Yusuf emphasised that the repeal signifies a restoration of the over 1,000-year-old Kano Emirate, effectively nullifying all appointments made under the 2019 law.

“The repeal of the 2019 law means that there is no emir in Kano as of now except the reinstated emir,” Governor Yusuf stated definitively.

Sanusi ascended to the throne on June 8, 2014, during the tenure of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, following his removal as Central Bank Governor by President Goodluck Jonathan.

His tenure as Emir was marked by tensions with Governor Ganduje, primarily over allegations of financial impropriety within the state government.

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