JUST IN: Sanusi Leaves Government House As Policemen End Siege At Palace Of Emir Of Kano

The police have ended their four-day siege to the official residence of the Emir of Kano, according to PUNCH online.

It could be recalled that the Nigerian police command in Kano had on Monday sent armed policemen in the palace of Emir of Kano following a series of protests by some youths were against the appointment of a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, as the new Emir of Kano.

It was gathered on Thursday that as a result of the end of the siege, preparations were being put in place to ensure that Sanusi, who had been ruling Kano from the state Government House since Monday, relocated to his palace.

The Director of Press and Public Relations to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Baba Dantiye, told newsmen that Sanusi would move into the place within the next few days.

“I just got the information that the police have left the palace. Preparations will now start to ensure that the emir relocates to the palace,” he said.

Dantiye also said, via a post on his facebook, that policemen guarding the Government House in Kano had also been withdrawn hence, Kano youths had taken over the responsibility of guarding the place.

* Newly crowned Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, standing, addressing some of guests recently

 * Newly crowned Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, standing, addressing some of guests recently

Report says Sanusi is expected to lead the 7th day Fidau prayers for the late Emir, Ado Bayero, on Friday, 13 June, 2014 by 12 noon.

The new Emir on Thursday received the leader of Tijjaniyya sect in Africa, Khalifa Sheikh Isiyaka Rabi’u, at the Government House.

According to a message on Dantiye’s Facebook page, Rabi’u offered prayers to God to grant the new emir protection and wisdom to rule over his people.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in the House of Representatives disagreed on Thursday over the allegation by Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso that President Goodluck Jonathan was behind the crisis that followed the appointment of Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.

The governor had said Jonathan had no business in the appointment of Sanusi as an emir, said it was worrisome that he (President)   was meddling in the affairs of Kano State.

The PDP caucus in the House said the governor was “playing politics” by making such an allegation, while the APC caucus argued that the governor’s allegation called for an investigation.

Kano Police Commissioner, Aderele Shinaba had said on Thursday that security operatives were laying siege on Kano Emir’s palace in order to prevent its looting.

The police boss denied the state governor’s allegations that President Goodluck Jonathan was behind the series of protests being carried out in the ancient city against the appointment of Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.

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