Police uncover plot to stage violent protest in Kano… 

Written by on November 20, 2023

The Nigerian police on Monday, November 20, said the command has uncovered a plan by some political parties in Kano state to violently protest the Appeal Court judgment which upheld Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf‘s sack from office.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel, said the plan is to enter the streets in form of a protest to the court’s ruling with the intention of shutting down the State in an action that may result in violence.

He urged residents to be law abiding and report any suspicious movement, person(s) or item(s) they come across to the nearest Police Station or police emergency phone numbers.

The commissioner, in a statement by the police spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, revealed that the party supporters were using unconventional media platforms to mobilise people for the riot.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja had on Friday upheld the nullification of the election of Governor Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) by the state election petition tribunal.

The State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had, in its judgment of September 20 declared Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) the duly elected governor of Kano state.

Before the judgment in September, there was anxiety in the state as the sacked Commissioner of Lands and Physical Planning, Adamu Kibiya, threatened to kill the judges if their verdict would not be in favour of Yusuf.

Police Commissioner Gumel, working with the military and other heads of security agencies in the State, said he has been deploying personnel and equipment to identified strategic locations in the State to ensure the security of lives and property and forestall any attempt to cause disturbance or breakdown of law and order because of the governorship election legal battle.

Gumel on Monday alerted that in spite of his efforts, political party fanatics were plotting to stage a violent protest against the latest judgment.

He however, warned that whoever attempts to disrupt the peace in Kano State will be arrested and punished.

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