Governor sacks commissioner for issuing death threat to tribunal judges

The Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, has sacked his Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Adamu Aliyu, for issuing a death threat to judges of the State’s Governorship Electoral Petition Tribunal, while his (Governor’s) aide on Youth and Sport Yusuf Imam was also shown the way out for making a provocative statement about Vice President, Kashim Shettima.

Penpushing reports that the Commissioner for Information Halilu Dantiye, made this development known at a press conference held on Friday at the Government House, adding that the Governor condemned the conducts of the duo, stressing that the  statements  did not represent the official position of the State Government under the Governor’s leadership.

‘The attention of the Kano State Government has been drawn to videos trending on social media platforms featuring the State Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alh. Adamu Aliyu Kibiya making threatening statements on Judges of the Tribunal’, the statement reads.

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‘While that of the Special Adviser on Youth and Sport, Alh Yusuf Imam making unguarded and disrespectful statements on His Excellency Alh Kashim Shettima GCON the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’, it added.

‘While condemning the unfortunate threat to the Judges and the disrespect shown to the VP, we wish to make it categorically clear that the views expressed do not represent the official position of the State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Alh Abba Kabir Yusuf’, the statement said.

“It is important to emphasise that neither of the two officials has any clearance to speak on behalf of the government and none of them serves as the official spokesperson of the government. Kano State Government under HE Abba Kabir Yusuf holds the Judiciary in very high esteem and expresses a tremendous amount of respect to justices and all judicial officers.

‘Besides the good understanding between the government and people of Kano State and Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Kano State Governor HE Alh. Abba Kabir Yusuf deeply respects the person and office of the Vice President His Excellency Alh. Kashim Shettima GCON will not condone any iota of disrespect to the Vice President or any other Nigerian leader’.

‘For these reasons, the Governor of Kano State has relieved the two officials of their appointment with immediate effect: Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alh Adamu A. Kibiya, and the Special Adviser on Youth and Sport, Alh Yusuf Imam’, the statement declared.

‘The Kano State Government has also directed that, henceforth, no official of government should speak on any matter outside the purview of their MDAs without express clearance and permission. Henceforth, Unguarded and inflammatory statements will not be condoned’.

‘The Ministry of Information is directed to ensure that all media outlets in the state especially radio stations are complying with the extant guidelines provided by regulatory agencies’, the statement added.

‘While expressing our faith in the judicial process, believing very strongly that justice will prevail at all the levels of judicial processes, the Kano State Government wishes to call on all residents in the state to remain law-abiding and continue to go about their normal businesses without any hindrances,’,Dantiye wrote.

Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that Aliyu made the threat  statement during a protest and prayer session organised by the Kano state government for a favourable outcome for the party at the election tribunal.

The sacked commissioner at the event threatened to unleash mayhem on residents of the state, one worse than what residents of neighbouring Kaduna and Zamfara are going through, adding that if the tribunal judges ruled against his party, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the petition before it, they may pay with their lives.

‘I am sending this message to the tribunal judges, any judge that allows himself to be used and collect bribes and pass judgment that is not right, we want to tell him he must choose between his life and the bribe money he collected’, he warned.

‘We are promising you (our supporters), we are receiving your complaints, the votes you cast on his excellency (Governor Yusuf) will not go in vain unless we lose our lives or the Kano State will fall’, Aliyu was quoted saying

‘Another message for the leaders. You have seen the conflict (banditry) in Zamfara, Kaduna, and Katsina, I swear because of this governorship seat, everyone will die. The conflict that will start in Kano will be more deadly than the ones in those states and Borno’, he added.

Penpushing also reports that in attendance at the event include the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Baffa Bichi, a former Deputy Governor of the State, Hafiz Abubakar, top members of the State’s Executive Council and Special Advisers and Assistants to the Governor.

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