Emirate Tussle: Tension As Security Operatives Sack Sanusi’s Guards, Take Over Palace


On Sunday, operatives of the Kano State police command took over the security of the main palace of the Emir of Kano, previously guarded by local hunters known as ‘Yan Tauri’.

These hunters were mobilized from various parts of the state to protect Muhammadu Sanusi II amidst the ongoing emirship dispute.

This development follows rumors that federal authorities intended to relocate Aminu Ado-Bayero due to the controversy. Ado-Bayero, who was deposed by the state government last month, is currently under the protection of federal security agents at the Nasarawa mini palace.

A security source at the palace confirmed the removal of the hunters, stating, “Did you need me to tell you that they (hunters) are no longer here? You can see it yourself; everyone has found his way.” Residents reported that the hunters withdrew from the palace between Saturday and Sunday morning after a court ruling invalidated Sanusi’s reappointment as emir on Thursday.

One resident noted, “Some of them left behind their machetes to conceal their identity after they were asked to vacate the palace or face the wrath of the security agents.”