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Protests Erupt in Kano and Surrounding Areas Following Appeal Court Ruling


Protests Erupt in Kano and Surrounding Areas Following Appeal Court Ruling

Protests erupted in Kano and its environs on Monday following the recent Court of Appeal judgment that removed Governor Abba Yusuf from office. The atmosphere in the state capital became tense after the release of a contradictory Certified True Copy of the Appeal Court decision, causing confusion among residents. Demonstrators, largely composed of youths, gathered at key locations in the city, disrupting commercial activities. Major routes, including Kano-Zaria road, Maiduguri road near Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market), were occupied by protesters demanding justice for Abba Yusuf. The placards they carried expressed sentiments such as “Kano my city my state,” “Justice for Kano,” and “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019; we will not allow it to happen in 2023.” The protest occurred amidst concerns raised by the police about the potential for violence orchestrated by unidentified groups in Kano. The Police Commissioner, Hussaini Gumel, announced the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the planned violence, emphasizing that the police were addressing the situation. He stated that a peace pact had been signed with the leadership of the conflicting political parties, and any person outside this agreement would be treated as a common criminal. The city returned to normalcy after the peaceful protest, which lasted several hours.


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