Ribadu expresses intentions to sue Kano deputy Gov.

Kunle Sanni

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu has expressed intention to take legal action for defamation against Deputy Governor of Kano State, Aminu Gwarzo.

Gwarzo mentioned that Ribadu supported Ado Bayero in coming back to Kano.

Over the weekend, there were controversies as the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, reinstated Lamido Sanusi as the 16th Emir of Kano on Friday.

Ado Bayero, who had been deposed on Thursday, returned to Kano on Saturday after his whereabouts were unknown.

The state House of Assembly repealed the law that led to the dethronement of Sanusi in 2020, which ex-Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had signed on December 5, 2019. Sanusi was removed for showing “insubordination” to state authorities at the time.

In response to the developments, Gwarzo accused the NSA of “using security” to intimidate the people of the state.

Bayero settled in the mini-palace located in the Nassarawa area of the state when he returned to Kano in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The NSA, through his spokesperson Zakari Mijinyawa, stated that the office of the NSA did not provide the aircraft that returned Ado Bayero to the state.

Meanwhile, the NSA, through his lawyers at Aliyu & Musa Chambers, Ribadu, has requested anapology from the deputy governor via a formal correspondence issued by his legal representatives.

“We act as solicitors to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who presently occupies the exalted position of the National Security Adviser (“our client”) and on whose instruction we write this letter.

“The attention of our client was drawn to a video clip being shared on different social media platforms wherein you granted an interview at Emir’s Palace in Kano on Saturday, the 25th day of May 2024, in a very calm atmosphere, and without any provocation whatsoever, falsely accusing our client of using his office to kill the people of Kano State and maim their properties. In the clip, you were shown to be saying in Hausa.

“Your false accusations against our client portraying his office as an appendage of a political party and a willing tool to cause chaos in Kano is false and done with the intention of damaging the hard-earned reputation of our client in the eyes of the right-thinking members of the society and indeed it has succeeded in doing so.

“In all the places he has served, our client has never been accused of any wrongdoing. Given this illustrious background, it is inconceivable that someone would harbour the thought that our client would descend his exalted office so low as to interfere in the local tussle of the Kano Emirate.

“The wide coverage you gave your interview has caused serious embarrassment to our client and his family. Since the publication, our client has been receiving barrage of telephone calls both within and outside Nigeria from friends and associates who felt disappointed in him because of the false allegation owing to the fact that it came from a person occupying the office of Deputy Governor of Kano State. Our client and his office take your allegations seriously and by this letter, our client is demanding that you provide irrefutable evidence to substantiate your claims. If you have no proof, our client demands you to within 24 hours:

“i. retract the libellous allegation in a similar manner you made it as well as give it wide media circulation; and

“ii. issue a public apology in five National dailies with wide national coverage and on popular online platforms. Note that if you fail to do so, our client will be compelled to seek redress in a court of law.”

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