“Escalation That Could Threaten Security”, Army Clarifies Involvement in Kano Emirate Battle

  • The Nigerian Army (NA) has denied any involvement in the ongoing emirate tussle in Kano state
  • TheTalk.NG reports that the military said it would imminently intervene when it becomes apparent that the intensity of the security situation becomes overwhelming for the police
  • Muhammadu Sanusi II was reappointed as the Emir of Kano exactly 1,545 days after he was deposed from the throne, but the deposed Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, has refused to accept his fate

TheTalk.NG journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Kano, Kano state – The Nigerian Army has said contrary to insinuations by the Kano state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), its troops have not been involved in the Kano state emirate tussle.

In a statement late on Sunday, May 26, by Major-General Onyema Nwachukwu, seen by TheTalk.NG, the army spokesperson, the security agency said they are not involved in enforcing any court order.

Kano Emirate tussle: Deployment of soldiers not to enforce court judgement says Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army has explained that soldiers deployed to the Kano Emir’s palace were not there to enforce any court order in the emirate tussle.
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Nwachukwu said:

“They have only taken proactive steps to checkmate any possible breakdown or breach of the security that may be occasioned by the Kano Emirship tussle.”

The Army stated that the issue of paramount concern to it and other security agencies is the prevention of the breakdown of law and order in the state, “which could be taken advantage of by adversarial non-state actors”.

Furthermore, the military said it would imminently intervene when it becomes apparent that the intensity of the security situation becomes overwhelming for the police.

The Army concluded:

“All the Army is doing at this stage is to monitor the situation as it unfolds and be on standby in the event of any escalation that could threaten the security of the state and the region in general.”

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High court stops Sanusi’s reinstatement as Kano Emir

Earlier, TheTalk.NG reported that a federal high court presided by Justice Liman granted an ex parte order restraining the Kano state government from reinstating Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The judge gave the order on Thursday night, May 23, even though he is reportedly in the US.

The order also kicked against the abolishment of four emirates: Bichi, Gaya, Karaye, and Rano.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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