In the wake of the Kano tribunal judgement, the state government has enforced a 24-hour curfew across the state.
This development follows the tribunal’s decision to oust Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, declaring the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Yusuf Gawuna, the rightful winner of the March 18 election.
The curfew, effective from 6 pm on Wednesday, 20th of September, to 6 pm on Thursday, 21st of September 2023, has seen combined security forces deployed throughout the state, ensuring strict adherence to the new directive.
The state police command has issued a stern warning that violators will face severe legal consequences.
Tension Precedes Kano Tribunal Judgement
Prior to the tribunal’s virtual judgement via Zoom, a tangible tension enveloped Kano City, prompting the closure of schools and businesses.
The tribunal has mandated the withdrawal of the certificate of return initially issued to Governor Yusuf by the Independent National Electoral Commission, directing its reissue to APC’s Yusuf Gawuna.
What led to the imposition of the curfew?
The Kano tribunal judgement, which saw the removal of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf and the declaration of APC’s Yusuf Gawuna as the election winner, has led to heightened tensions, necessitating the 24-hour curfew.
Who are the key figures involved?
The ousted Governor Kabir Yusuf was the anointed candidate of Rabiu Kwankwaso, while the declared winner, Yusuf Gawuna, was supported by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the current APC National Chairman.
What were the grounds for the tribunal’s decision?
The APC challenged Kabir Yusuf’s victory, alleging that the election violated the Electoral Act 2022. The tribunal, after deliberations, nullified Yusuf’s victory, citing the aforementioned violations.
What are the repercussions for violating the curfew?
The state police command has emphasized that any curfew violators will be arrested and subjected to the full wrath of the law.
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