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Emirship Tussle: Ribadu Moves Against Kano Deputy Gov

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday threatened the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Aminu Gwarzo, with legal action over his comments on the deposed Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero.

Gwarzo alleged in a short video interview on Saturday that the NSA facilitated the return of Bayero to Kano after visiting the Awujale of Ijebuland Oba Sikiru Adetona in Ogun State by providing him with two private jets.

Gwarzo had said: “Former Governor, Umar Ganduje is not happy with the peace and understanding being enjoyed in Kano and is using the office of the NSA to deploy security personnel to subvert the will of Kano people and to bring something the people don’t like.

“The NSA has provided two planes to bring the former Emir to Kano. What we failed to understand is the reason behind his action. “The intent is to kill and destroy property because they are not from Kano.”

However, Ribadu has demanded a retraction and an apology from the deputy governor for the accusation, or face a defamation suit.

The erstwhile Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, who had earlier denied the allegation, said: “I read the comments on social media, and they are untrue. The NSA did not provide air transport to anyone to Kano.”

A letter to Gwarzo by his lawyers, Aliyu & Musa chambers, said: “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 a 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 from you to within 24 hours: retract the libellous allegation in a similar manner as you made it as well as give it wide media circulation.” It added: “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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