…as tension grips state, residents scamper to safety, traders hurriedly close shops
. We have deployed operatives across state – Police commissioner
Following Wednesday’s judgment of the Election Petitions Tribunal which sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, a 24-hour curfew has been declared in Kano State.
State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Usaini Gumel, said in a statement that a combined team of the security operatives have been deployed across the city to enforce the curfew.
The statement read, “In view of the Constitutional mandate of the Nigeria Police Force alongside the relevant Internal Security and Law Enforcement Agencies to preserve law and order in the State, the Kano State Police Command has mapped out strategies on that direction and call on the good people of the State to give the necessary confidence and supports.
“Going forward, Kano State residents are called upon to note that combined Security Forces have already been dispatched to the nooks and crannies, including the entry and exits of the state to ensure enforcement and strict compliance of the 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 6pm of Wednesday, 20th September to 6pm of Thursday, 21st September 2023.
“Violators will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Finally, I wish to appreciate all the peace-loving people of the State and urge them to remain law abiding as it’s in the best interest of all that we come together to maintain law and order in the State.”
Palpable tension and apprehension had gripped the state following the judgment that nullified Governor Yusuf’s election and declared Nasir Yusuf Gawuna of the APC as the winner of the elections.
Many residents were observed scampering to safety and hurrying to close their shops and business places for fear of attacks by hoodlums.
Recall that in March after Governor Yusuf was declared winner of the elections, the state witnessed several looting, vandalisation and arson.