Men of the Nigeria Police have surrounded the Palace of the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and it is said that the order to do so is from above. Also, policemen in the government house have been withdrawn.
There are conflicting reports that the policemen were there to prevent the new Emir from gaining entrance into his palace. Consequently, after Sanusi was sworn in at the Government House, he was not escorted to the Emir’s palace as was expected in accordance with the emirate tradition.
It was further gathered that there were plans to arrest the new emir and prevent him from moving to the emir’s palace The new Emir of Kano is now at Naseer House, a guest apartment at the Kano Government House.
A source close to the new Emir told Leadership that he was expecting some of the royal fathers and children of late Ado Bayero to come and pay their traditional respect.
It was confirmed that one of the late Emir’s sons, the district head of Kumbotso LGA, Ahmad Ado Bayero, got to the Government House on Monday to pay his respect to Emir Sanusi.
Leadership findings revealed that Emir Sanusi may not move to the Emir’s palace until the families of late Bayero had vacated the place and moved to their new houses which the state government had built for them. The new Emir may also delay his movement to the palace until it had been renovated.
However, hundreds of youths and vigilance groups were at Kano Government House to ensure Emir Sanusi’s safety and that of the Kano State governor against alleged possible attack.
FG withdraws police security from Kano Govt House
The federal government on Monday withdrew police security from Kano Government House and environs, a top source in the state government told Leadership. The police around the state government house left their duty posts at about 1pm without any information.
“They just packed up and left their duty posts without any explanation and when the state government tried to reach them. They were said to be instructed to report back to their respective stations,” the source said.
The various police checkpoints in the Kano State were abandoned with no policemen in sight.