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Igbo community crisis in Kano threatens security

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO -  The Kano Police Command has declared that the festering crisis among the various factions of Igbos residents in Kano posed serious security challenges to the peace and stability of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Baba Muhammad told newsmen in Kano, against the backdrop of accusation of partisanship leveled against the security agents by factional leaders of Igbos, that the steps taken so far was in the interest of all.

Igbos in Kano have been enmeshed in bitter intra-political struggle between various elements of Igbo extraction resident in the commercial city culminating in the coronation and counter-coronation of two indigenes of Anambra State as the Eze Igbo in the state.

Vanguard recall that the feuding group had, two months ago, engaged themselves in free-for-all in Sabon Gari area of the city. Scores of peiople were injured during the fracas forcing the Police to shut down the community secretariat.

Muhammad dismissed as baseless, callous and frivolous allegation of police partisanship in the crisis, stressing that the outburst by Leonard Nwosu’s group was ‘reckless’ and ‘provocating’.

He, however, stated that the police command is conscious of the cosmopolitan nature of Kano, stressing that they will not compromise anything in the cause of maintaining law and order.

He warned that the police will apply the necessary measures to forestall the crisis from degenerating further. He asked the Igbo leaders to live in peace and adopt dialogue in resolving the crisis that is threatening the peace of the state.


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