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**”As presidency denies Kwankwaso’s state of emergency declaration alarm

As the emirship tussle festers in the Kano emirate council, the State Police Command has noted that it would not be intimidated by any faction to abandon it’s constitutional duties of maintaining law and order in the state 

Recall that former governor of Kano state and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) at the 2023 general election, Rabiu Kwankwaso, had accused the federal government of taking sides in the Kano emirate crisis by using it’s federal might to protect the deposed emir Aminu Ado Bayero against the state reappointment emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Kwankwaso, who spoke during the flag-off ceremony for the construction of 82 kilometres of rural road networks in his hometown, Madobi, accused the federal government of compromising Kano security by its refusal to take away heavy operatives guarding the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero

Kwankwaso further accused the federal government of plots to cause security crisis in the state, so as to declare a state of emergency, even as he threatened that such declarations must be resisted by the people of the state

Reacting to the allegations the Kano state commissioner of police, Ussain Gumel, told The Nation that his men have a duty to protect both emirs and refuted allegations that his men showed bias during the emirate crisis.

He noted that the command was served with about five court orders, adding that while awaits further directives from the federal government through the office of the attorney general and Minister of Justice, it has no choice than to provide security for the two factions

“We received about five court orders and forwarded them to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. We are waiting for his response and directives.

“And while awaiting the outcome in court or directives from the AGF, we must protect the contending emirs.

“My appeal to the public is for them to exercise patience and calm while we await the outcome from the relevant authorities.”

Similarly, the Presidency dismissed allegations from Rabiu Kwankwaso, that the Federal Government plans to declare a state of emergency in Kano State.

Presidential spokesman Bayo Onanuga told The Nation that Kwankwanso’s alarm was a “mere rumour.”

He said, “There is no truth in it. It is a mere rumour. The Federal Government cannot declare any state of emergency in any state without the involvement of the National Assembly. There is no such plan. It is a mere rumour.

“The National Assembly is in recess. No president can just wake up and declare a state of emergency in any state.”

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