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Emirship Tussle: We’re not involved — Army

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Military authorities in Nigeria have said it’s operatives are not involved in the Emirship dispute in Kano State.

The rebuttal is in reaction to earlier report which claim soldiers have been drafted to enforce the reinstatement of Aminu Bayero who was booted out of office by the state government.

A statement signed by Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the spokesman of the army said soldiers were only deployed to checkmate any possible breakdown or breach of the security that may be occasioned by the Kano Emirship dispute.

According to Onyema, all the army is doing was to monitor the situation as it unfolds and be on standby in the event of any escalation that could threaten the security of the state and the region in general.

The statement reads, “Contrary to insinuations by the Kano state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association as published by Premium Times on 26 May 2024, troops of the Nigerian Army have not been involved in the Kano state emirate tussle and are not involved in enforcing any court order.

“They have only taken proactive steps to checkmate any possible breakdown or breach of the security that may be occasioned by the Kano Emirship tussle.

“The issue of paramount concern to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies is the prevention of breakdown of law and order in the state, which could be taken advantage of by adversarial non-state actors.

“The military would imminently intervene when it becomes apparent that the intensity of the security situation becomes overwhelming for the police.

“All the Army is doing at this stage is to monitor the situation as it unfolds and be on standby in the event of any escalation that could threaten the security of the state and the region in general.”

 

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