The Kano State Police Command has said it is banning any form of rally, demonstration, procession or assembly in the state until further notice, in order to prevent public breakdown of law and order “in the face of various security challenges in the state.”
Per a statement by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abdullahi Haruna, on Saturday:
- The command has “withdrawn the permission given to members of the public, civil society organisations, political parties, NGOs and other groups.”
- Any person or group of persons found engaging in any unlawful assembly would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the land.
Backstory: There has been tension in Kano state ever since the governor Abdullahi Ganduje decided to take on the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido. First, the reach of the Kano Emirate was whittled down as three new Emirates were created, and then last week a query was issued to the Emir over alleged misappropriation of N3.4 billion by the Emirate Council under his leadership.
PS: The ban on public procession or assembly in Kano is indefinite.