- The Kano state police command has announced strict enforcement of a 24-hour curfew, beginning from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20
- Legit.ng understands that the development is part of measures to maintain law and order in the state
- The Kano governorship election petition tribunal had sacked Abba Kabir Yusuf, and declared Nasir Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the 2023 election
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Commissioner of Police (CP), Muhammad Gumel, in a statement he personally signed, on Wednesday, September 20, said a combined team of security operatives has been dispatched across major cities to enforce the curfew.
Police announce curfew in Kano
The decision to restrict movement in Kano comes hours after the tribunal removed Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) from office.
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The police's statement partly reads:
"Twenty-Four Hours (24hrs) Curfew order as communicated by the State Government via letter with Reference No: K/SEC/H/435/T.1/153 dated 20th September 2023 taking effect from 6 pm of Wednesday, 20th September to 6 pm of Thursday, 21st September 2023.
"Violators will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law."
Tribunal sacks Kano governor, Yusuf
Earlier, Legit.ng reported how the tribunal sacked the governor.
The tribunal declared the APC candidate, Gawuna, the winner of the Kano state governorship elections held on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
The verdict is seen as a win for Abdullahi Ganduje, the national chairman of the APC; and a loss for Kwankwaso.
Tension in Kano as shops close abruptly
Legit.ng also reported that after the tribunal's verdict, traders across major markets in the state capital shut their shops and rushed home.
This comes amid rising tension in the political landscape of the state.
Some of the areas where merchants suspended activities were Kantin Kwari, Sabon Gari, and Singer markets.
A prominent shopping mall in the metropolis, Ado Bayero Mall (ShopRite), was also under lock and key.