Kano: NBA assurances members of safety

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has assured its members of their safety in Kano ahead of the Section on Legal Practice (SLP) conference scheduled to take place in the city.

In a statement, NBA national publicity secretary, Akorede Lawal, said NBA president, Yakubu Maikyau, has received assurances from the Kano state government and relevant law enforcement agencies regarding safety and security.

“Kano is safe and ready to host the NBA Section on SLP conference,” Mr Maikyau stated.

Mr Maikyau noted that the chairmen of the NBA branches in Kano, Ungoggo, and Dutse—Sagir Gezawa, Muhammed Jibrin, and Mustapha Kashim respectively — as well as several branch members and Aminu Gadanya, chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the NBA-SLP conference, have all confirmed these assurances.

He encouraged all prospective attendees of the NBA-SLP conference to proceed with their plans to attend the event.

The assurance comes amidst ongoing tensions in Kano over the emirate tussle. The crisis began after Kano state Governor Abba Yusuf reinstated Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano on Friday, despite a court order restraining the action. The judge who issued the order was reportedly not physically present in Nigeria.

Yusuf has indicated his intention to report the judge to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for alleged abuse of court process. He made this statement while presenting the reinstatement letter to Emir Sanusi.

Before the presentation of the letter on Friday, the Federal High Court judge in Kano, Thursday, restrained the governor and the state government from implementing the new emirate law under which Emir Sanusi was reinstated.

The new law, passed on Thursday by the state House of Assembly and immediately assented to by Governor Yusuf, dissolved the four emirates created out of the Kano emirate in 2019 and removed their emirs. (Premium Times)