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There is a brewing crisis in Kano over who is the rightful Emir of Kano, as Aminu Ado Bayero and Lamido Sanusi, are presently laying claims to the royal stool.

At the moment both are operating from two different palaces where homages are being paid to them.

Sanusi, who was reinstated as Emir, is holding court at the main Kano Emir’s palace, while the man deposed by the Kano government, Ado Bayero, is at the mini palace at the Nassarawa GRA both in Kano city.

Ado Bayero defiantly returned to Kano on Saturday morning, a day after Sanusi was reinstated.

Sanusi who received greetings and homages from district heads at the palace, rode on a horse to the chamber to the sound of multiple gun salutes from the palace guards.

There were fears that powers from Abuja were trying to enforce the return of Ado Bayero, heightening tensions in the city, with supporters of the state government rallying around the palace.

The security agencies and police have asked the state government to obey a court order halting the deposition of Ado-Bayero and his colleagues in the scrapped Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya emirates.

The court ordered the parties involved in the crisis to maintain the status quo until the hearing of the interim injunction, scheduled for 3 June.

The state government, however, faulted the order, saying the judge that granted it was outside the country when he did so.

Curiously, Ado Bayero, is also holding court at the mini palace at Narassawa where he is reported to have received homages from some district heads and title holders who are against his deposition.

Ado Bayero urged his supporters and residents to remain calm and allow the law to take its course, saying that nobody is above the law.

He said that he was confident that justice would prevail in the end.

“I call on the people to remain law-abiding as we await the pronouncement from the court in this legal matter,” he said.

“We call on the authority to be fair and just in this matter. Kano is like a mirror and an influential state in Nigeria, whatever affects Kano may escalate across. May peace reign in Kano. We pray for Allah to bless Kano with responsible and just leaders.

“Justice is the way to go on every issue. There will be justice. Nobody is above the law. We will accept whatever the law says. I appreciate all the people who have shown concern.

“We will keep on praying for peace in Kano State. May Allah the Almighty protect us.”

The Kano State Deputy Governor, Aminu Abdulsalam, has blamed the confusion on the immediate past governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is now the National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The deputy governor said Ganduje is using the office of the National Security Adviser to create chaos in the state by facilitating Saturday’sreturn of Mr Ado Bayero to the state.

But the office of the National Security Adviser denied the allegation and warned politicians in the state to be mindful of their utterances.

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