How Emir of Kano escaped assassination

Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero narrowly escaped death on Saturday as some gunmen attacked him with an explosive device and immediately opened fire on his convoy at about 10.30am, when he was returning from the launching of an Islamic School at Masallacin Murtala, along Zoo Road in the metropolis.

It was gathered that the gunmen ambushed the convoy of the emir immediately his vehicle left the venue of the ceremony.

The Emir’s driver called Barde and three of his guards were killed, while others sustained injuries during the attack. His first son, the Ciroman Kano was badly injured from bullet wounds.

Bayero was reportedly saved by his driver and guards who took the bullets fired at him.

It was gathered that the driver and guards who exhibited bravery on sighting the gunmen who had opened fire immediately maneuvered their way to shield the emir, and in the process, three of them were hit by the bullets of their assailant.

The emir is well and unhurt.

“I went to the palace soon after the incident where I met and spoke with the emir. He is well and he has not been hurt,” said Kwankwaso, a former defence minister.

Emir's limo after the attack.

Emir’s limo after the attack. Photo by an eyewitness

Eyewitness account said the attack followed the traditional shots fired by palace guards heralding the Emir’s exit from the event. “After the traditional gun shots, we started hearing strange gun shots and people ran for dear lives. It was a terrible experience and the worst on the Emir. We praise Allah that he spared the life of our Royal Father,” an eye witness said.

Immediately after the incidence, the Joint Task Force cordoned off the area, as security has also been intensified in the ancient city of Kano following the ugly incidence.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

A palace official who requested anonymity said that at least 14 people, including two of Bayero’s sons, were wounded in the attack.

It could be recalled that barely 24hrs to the January 20th, 2012 attack in Kano by the Boko Haram insurgents, which left over 185 persons dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed, the emir’s attack on Saturday 19thJan., 2013 may apparently signal another scenario.

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