Army denies involvement in Kano emirate tussle, says priority is to maintain law, order

The Nigerian Army has denied involvement in Kano state emirate tussle.
The Army high command said it only took proactive steps to checkmate any possible breakdown of law and order.
Army spokesperson Major General Onyema Nwachuckwu in a statement Sunday night denied allegations that the Army was involved in enforcing court order.

He said, “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.”
He said the military would only 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,” Nwachuckwu said.