The Kano Police Command has warned political party supporters from staging protests in order to bring the state to a halt following the decision of the Appeal Court in Abuja to sack Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Abdullahi Kiyawa, said in a statement that the Command had uncovered plans by some political party supporters to mobilize the public into the streets to stage violent protests against the Appeal Court's decision to sack the state governor.
According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police Muhammad Usain urges state residents to remain patriotic and refrain from participating in any unlawful gathering, demonstration, or march that could spark unrest in the state.
The leaders of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the two main rival political parties in the state, were reminded of the peace agreement they signed on Thursday, November 16, 2023, to uphold harmony and guarantee that Kano State's political climate remained peaceful regardless of the results of the verdict.
The Police says it has “credible information” at its disposal that says “some group of political party supporters using unconventional media platforms, mobilizing people and planning to enter the streets in form of protest to the Kano state Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict which was delivered on Friday 17th November 2023.
“The information revealed that the intention of the protesters is to shut down the state in an action which may likely result in violence.”
Because of this, the Command issues a warning, stating that anyone attempting to disturb the state's tranquility will be arrested and subject to the full force of the law.
“In view of the above, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Police Command, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, FIPMA, psc calls on all residents to maintain calmness and avoid any form of unlawful gathering, protest, or procession that may trigger violence as joint security forces have since been dispatched to strategic locations to safeguard peace and order throughout the State.