Governor Yusuf orders arrest of deposed Emir of Kano Aminu Ado Bayero

Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has ordered the immediate arrest of the former Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

A statement by Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, Mr Yusuf’s media aide, on Saturday in Kano, said the order became necessary because Mr Bayero was “creating tension in the state”.

It said the former emir was “smuggled into Kano city last night in an attempt to forcefully return to the palace, two days after being deposed.”

It further confirmed that the new emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, arrived at the palace at about 1:00 a.m. on Saturday in the company of the governor, deputy governor, speaker of the state assembly, and other top government functionaries.

The statement said Mr Yusuf, as the state’s chief security officer, had directed the police commissioner to arrest the deposed emir “with immediate effect for disturbing public peace and attempting to destroy the relative peace the state enjoys”.

The state government on Thursday repealed the Emirates Council Law which effectively annulled the five Emirates created by Mr Yusuf’s predecessor, Abdullahi Ganduje, in 2019.

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The state government, after that, merged the five Emirates into one and reinstated Mr Sanusi as the new emir.

He was removed in March 2020 by Mr Ganduje, who cited insubordination for his action.


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