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‘Untrue’ — Ribadu denies facilitating dethroned Emir’s return to Kano


 Nuhu Ribadu, the national security adviser (NSA), has denied facilitating the return of Aminu Bayero, the dethroned Emir of Kano, to the state.

 

Early Saturday morning, Bayero returned to the city and then moved into a palace in Nassarawa LGA of the state.

 

A squad of soldiers that had been protecting Bayero before he was dethroned rode with him from the airport to the palace.

 

Abba Yusuf, the Kano governor, ordered Bayero’s arrest after the deposed monarch arrived in Kano to a hero’s welcome from a horde of his supporters.

 

Subsequently, Aminu Gwarzo, Kano deputy governor, blamed the national security adviser for allegedly facilitating the return of Bayero to the palace by providing him with two private jets.

 

“The national security adviser gave two jets to bring the dethroned emir to Kano and to bring him to the place. We have not understood their intention,” Gwarzo said.

 

However, in a statement, Zakari Mijinyawa, spokesperson for the NSA office, said the claim is “untrue”.

 

 “I read the comments on social media, it is untrue. The NSA did not provide air transport to anyone to Kano,” the statement reads.

 

“Political actors should desist from misinforming the public as law enforcement officials in the state strive to maintain peace and order.”

 

Bayero was replaced as Emir by Muhammadu Sanusi on Friday.

 

Sanusi was deposed in 2020 after falling out with Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano at the time.

 

On Thursday, the Kano house of assembly repealed the 2019 law used to oust Sanusi and balkanise the emirate into five jurisdictions.

 

The new emirate law stipulated the sack of all the emirs in the jurisdictions and a restoration of the old order.

 

Only one Emir will now be overseeing all of Kano.

 

Yusuf had given the sacked monarchs 48 hours to vacate their palaces.

 

The emirs of Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya have complied with the directive.

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