Contrary to reports that the new Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is performing his duties from outside the palace due to security risks, an inside source has said that Sanusi?s not moving in is keeping with normal practices.
The source said that the new Emir is working from outside his palace due to ?certain normal arrangements that precedes any emir?s grand entry into the palace.?
He also said that the police officers who were stationed around the palace were there to guard it and not prevent the new Emir from entering as widely reported.
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He added that most of the Emirs in the past, including the immediate past Emir, late Ado Bayero, took sometime before they went into the palace.
?Traditionally, a new Emir does not even go into the palace through the front door,? he said.
?Rather, he chooses within the wall of the palace a specific location in which he wants to use to enter the palace. That portion of the wall is then opened for him to enter.?
The source explained that the late Ado Bayero used a part of the western end of the fence to enter the palace.
?If you notice towards the western end, along Yola road, you will see an opening that is covered with concrete block, that was the door Ado Bayero used when he was appointed as emir,? he said.
He also added that if the police or protesters were there to stop the new Emir from gaining entrance, they would have stopped the party that went to the palace to fetch the paraphernalia of office that was handed over to Sanusi.
?The police provided security escort to the team that went to fetch all those items and it was not done in the hidden, the vehicles went through the main gate and none attempted to stop them despite knowing of their mission,? he said.
The items recovered from the palace and handed over to the new Emir include the symbolic Dabo?s Crown (Malafar Dabo), Tagwayen Masu (twin spears), Takobi (sword), Wukar Yanka (a knife that signifies supremacy of judgement) and Takalmin Jimina (ostrich plumage shoes).
Another source within the Kano State Government who also declined to be named said the family of the late Emir also need time to fully relocate to their new abode provided by the state government.
?The late Emir had a large family and they will need to take their time to relocate and no one is in a hurry to move them,? he said.
?Beside, you know they are still receiving condolences at the palace.?
Police spokesperson in Kano, Magaji Majiya, also told a news agency that security presence in the palace was just to secure the place and ensure there is no escalation of violence following the protest that greeted the announcement of the new emir.