As Sanusi Emerges Emir, Nigeria Military Bans Private Planes from Entering Kano
The Nigerian government has banned private planes from landing at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano.
Spokesperson of the Nigeria military, Major-General Chris Olukolade, said the ban was for “security reasons,” but declined to state the nature of the security concerns.
However, a source in the military told an online newspaper that the directive would not be unconnected with Sunday’s crowning of Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.
“After the Emir was appointed, there were lots of protests from the group supporting the late Emir’s son. The security agencies must have felt that certain actions need to be taken,” the source, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak for the military, said.
Yakubu Dati, the spokesperson for the Nigerian aviation parastatals, said the military usually takes such decisions when there are security concerns.
“We as an authority, we have not banned any plane from landing in Kano. You know there is civil aviation and there is also military aviation which supersedes ours,” Mr. Dati said.
“They don’t consult anybody. They just go ahead with their decision since it is about security,” he added.
The news of the ban came after Umaru Al-Makura, the Nasarawa State Governor, who was flying into the Kano airport from Makurdi on Monday morning, was denied clearance to land by the airport commander.
Earlier on Sunday evening, the chattered plane of the Governor of Rivers State was grounded by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), allegedly from the orders of the president.
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