Kano Gov’t Bans Street Protests, Accuses APC Of Sinister Motive

Kano Gov't Bans Street Protests, Accuses APC Of Sinister Motive

Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, has announced the banning of all public demonstrations over the ongoing emirship tussle in the state

The State government particularly accused ‘certain prominent figures’ from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State of devising plans to sponsor student associations and political agitators from other north-western States to incite chaos under the guise of advocating for the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

The ban was contained in a press statement issued Wednesday morning through the office of the Director General on Media to the Governor, Sanusi Bature.

The measures, according to the statement, were to avert any potential breakdown of law and order orchestrated by ‘adversaries of the state’.

Governor Yusuf also imposed stringent restrictions on all public gatherings intended for protest within the state, exercising the authority vested in him as the chief security officer of the state.

“By virtue of his position, the governor has directed the Police, the Directorate of State Security Services, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to apprehend, detain, and prosecute any individual or group partaking in demonstrations on the streets of Kano.

“This decisive action is a preemptive strategy aimed at averting any potential breakdown of law and order orchestrated by adversaries of the state.

“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,” parts of the statement read.

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 statement further added.

Governor Yusuf urged all residents to carry on with their normal activities as the state remained calm, while assuring that state government would ensure that the peace being enjoyed in the state is not tampered with.

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