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Mass protests: NNPP and APC set back as armed security personnel occupy Kano

•Human rights groups warn aggrieved politicians not to ridicule the judiciary

In what could be described as an 11th-hour decision, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have canceled their planned protests over the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal on their Kano State governorship election petition. did. It sacked Governor Abba Yusuf of the NNPP and declared Dr. Nasir Gawna of the APC the winner.

Two rival political parties yesterday issued a strong notice to suspend business and commercial activities in the state due to massive protests expressing opposition and support to the Court of Appeal’s judgment, threatening the breakdown of law and order. This raised concerns about the possibility.

However, residents continued to carry out their normal daily activities in a peaceful atmosphere despite the large presence of armed security personnel in strategic locations in the city centre.

Efforts to speak to NNPP provincial chairman Hashim Dungurawa about why the protest was called off were fruitless. He did not answer phone calls or respond to text messages sent to him.

However, one prominent party member told the Guardian on condition of anonymity that concerns about the potential loss of life and property and other negative impacts were part of the reason the protests were put on hold.

APC State Secretary Zakari Salina said the cancellation of the planned protest was in accordance with the decision of the NNPP.

Salina said the APC had no choice but to declare a counter-protest action against the NNPP, stressing that there was no need to proceed with the action as the NNPP had canceled the anti-protest action.

Meanwhile, the governor’s chief spokesperson, Sanusi Batule Dawakin-Tofa, refuted claims that the NNPP protests were being funded by the state government.

Sanusi told the Guardian that the governor had no knowledge of any plans for the protests or funding for the NNPP.

Recall that the police had revealed last Friday that there was an intelligence report indicating an organized conspiracy by some political elements to instigate violent gatherings in the state.

He also vowed to resist any attempt by political forces to protest against the Court of Appeal’s judgment or stir up trouble in the state in the name of protesting against the judgment.

In this regard, the Advocacy for Justice and Good Governance (AJGG), a non-governmental organization, has warned some political elites in Kano State against any actions that may mistreat the judiciary.

The group, led by Francis Nzeoke, said in a statement yesterday that continued efforts by unjust politicians to drag the name of the judiciary into the mud could undermine the rule of law in the country. insisted.

AJGG has accused the Kano State Attorney-General and Attorney-General, Haruna Issa Dedeli, of accusing a Court of Appeal judge of corruption without just cause.

They called on the chairman to come forward and provide details about the actual corrupt judges he mentions in his allegations.

Mr Dedeli appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily last Wednesday and made the false allegations against the Court of Appeal judges.

“We call on the authorities to interrogate Mr. Dedeli to provide evidence of all the allegations he made on Channels TV. If they cannot do that, he should be arrested and prosecuted.

“We are concerned about recent developments, with politicians losing cases in court and threatening judges. This bodes badly for our democracy and the rule of law.”

Source: guardian.ng

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