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Emir Sanusi vs Emir Bayero: Ribadu Threatens Legal Action Against Kano Deputy Governor

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ABUJA, Nigeria – In a dramatic escalation of political tensions in Kano State, Nigeria, National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu has threatened legal action against Deputy Governor Aminu Gwarzo over allegations of defamation.

The dispute centers on Gwarzo’s claims concerning the return of Aminu Ado Bayero, the dethroned Emir of Kano.

Gwarzo alleged that Ribadu was being used by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to create unrest in Kano.

The accusations followed Bayero’s return to a smaller palace in the Nasarawa area after his dethronement.

“The former Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is not happy with the peace and understanding being enjoyed in Kano and is using the office of the National Security Adviser to deploy security personnel to subvert the will of Kano people and to bring something the people don’t like,” Gwarzo said.

“The National Security Adviser has provided two planes to bring the former Emir to Kano. What we failed to understand is the reason behind his action. The intent is to kill and destroy properties because they are not from Kano?”

Ribadu, through a statement by his spokesman Zakari Mijinyawa, has firmly denied these allegations.

In a subsequent letter from his lawyers, Aliyu and Musa Chambers, Ribadu demanded an apology from the Deputy Governor.

The letter reads, “We act as solicitors to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who presently occupies the exalted position of the National Security Adviser (‘our client’) and on whose instruction we write this letter.

“The attention of our client was drawn to a video clip being shared on different social media platforms wherein you granted an interview at Emir’s Palace in Kano on Saturday, the 25th day of May 2024, in a very calm atmosphere, and without any provocation whatsoever, falsely accusing our client of using his office to kill the people of Kano State and maim their properties. In the clip, you were shown to be saying in Hausa.

“Your false accusations against our client portraying his office as an appendage of a political party and a willing tool to cause chaos in Kano is false and done with the intention of damaging the hard-earned reputation of our client in the eyes of the right-thinking members of the society and indeed it has succeeded in doing so.

“In all the places he has served, our client has never been accused of any wrongdoing. Given this illustrious background, it is inconceivable that someone would harbour the thought that our client would descend his exalted office so low as to interfere in the local tussle of the Kano Emirate.

“The wide coverage you gave your interview has caused serious embarrassment to our client and his family. Since the publication, our client has been receiving barrage of telephone calls both within and outside Nigeria from friends and associates who felt disappointed in him because of the false allegation owing to the fact that it came from a person occupying the office of Deputy Governor of Kano State.

“Our client and his office take your allegations seriously and by this letter, our client is demanding that you provide irrefutable evidence to substantiate your claims. If you have no proof, our client demands you to within 24 hours:

“i. retract the libellous allegation in a similar manner you made it as well as give it wide media circulation; and

“ii. issue a public apology in five National dailies with wide national coverage and on popular online platforms. Note that if you fail to do so, our client will be compelled to seek redress in a court of law.”

As the political drama unfolds, all eyes are on Gwarzo’s next move and the potential legal battle that could ensue.

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