Tension As Police Dislodge Guards Protecting Sanusi, Take Over Kano Emir’s Palace

Tension As Police Dislodge Guards Protecting Sanusi, Take Over Kano Emir’s Palace

  • The local hunters guarding the 16th Emir of Kano state, Muhammadu Sanusi II, have been displaced by the Kano state police
  • According to reports making the rounds on Monday, June 24, operatives of the state police command took over the main palace of the Emir of Kano, displacing the local hunters
  • Meanwhile, the 15th Emir, Aminu Ado-Bayero, remains under the protection of security agents at the Nasarawa mini palace despite an eviction notice issued by the Kano state government

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The operatives of the Kano state police command have reportedly stormed the emir’s palace in Kano state and displaced the local guards protecting Muhammadu Sanusi II, the 16th emir of the ancient city.

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Police displace hunters guarding Emir Sanusi II
Kano Emirs Sanusi II and Ado Bayero. Photo credit: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Kaduna Fans of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero
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As reported by Premium Times, the hunters who served as local guards left the palace as soon as the police officers took over the security of the building.

Why police took over Kano Emir's palace

The hunters, known locally as ‘Yan Tauri,’ were drawn from across the state and deployed to the palace.

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The police presence was said to be a move to secure the main palace for the relocation of Aminu Bayero, the deposed 15th Emir of Kano, following a court order that faulted his dethronement.

Legit.ng recalls that Governor Yusuf had ordered the immediate demolition of the Nasarawa mini-palace after the Federal High Court's judgement on the Kano emirate tussle between Emir Muhammad Sanusi II and Bayero.

The court had nullified the state government's actions to repeal the Emirates Council Law of 2019 on Thursday, June 20.

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Ado-Bayero, who was removed by the state government last month, is guarded by federal security agents at the Nasarawa mini palace.

But on Sunday evening, June 23, a team of security agents took over the main emir’s palace, the Gidan Rumfa, where the hunters were playing card games and carrying out other activities, The Cable reported.

Lawyer interprets court ruling on Kano Emirate tussle

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a Kano-based lawyer, Umar Sa'ad Hassan, interpreted the court's ruling on the Kano Emirate tussle.

Hassan said that while the Kano state government and Aminu Ado Bayero camps are giving different interpretations, the ruling means that Sanusi Lamido has ceased to be the Emir of Kano.

In an exclusive chat with Legit.ng, Hasan explained that Governor Abba Yusuf's action to reinstate Sanusi as Emir was declared void because it was done after an injunction was granted.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.