KANO, North-West, Nigeria – There are fears in Kano following the sacking of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigerian People’s Party, (NNPP), by the governorship election petitions tribunal.
Media reports that following the tribunal judgement that sacked the governor, traders in major markets immediately started locking their shops heading home causing panic as most offices in Kano metropolis closed before the usual.
Security agents have taken over major roads in the metropolis. Soldiers, Police and Department of State Services operatives are seen patrolling major roads, like Murtala Mohammed Way, Zoo Road, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Airport Road, and Ahmadu Bello Way among others.
The tribunal’s judgment that the certificate of return issued to Yusuf be withdrawn and given to governorship candidate, Nasiru Gawuna, was delivered virtually as the judges opted to use zoom following the tension that enveloped the state ahead of the judgment.
Governor Yusuf had on Friday sacked his Commissioner of Lands and Physical Planning, Adamu Kibiya, and the Special Adviser on Youth Development, Aliyu Yusuf-Imma after the duo was seen in a viral video threatening to kill judges if they upturned the election of Yusuf.
In the face of the tension, the judges opted to deliver the judgment virtually.