Security foils crash into Emir Bayero’s convoy

Written by on July 26, 2021

An attempted crash on the convoy of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, was foiled yesterday by security operatives.

The first class monarch, who was recently turbaned as 15th emir in the ancient northern city, was returning from the ground-breaking of an edifice belonging to Ahmadiyya Muslims Jammat on Zaria Road when the incident occurred, according to a reliable source.

The source said the incident ensued when a salon car dangerously came from behind to overtake the emir’s vehicle and his security details.

The dangerous move was eventually checked by the protective hanger and security details on the traditional ruler’s motorcade, resulting in a collision with a vehicle on the convoy, newsmen further learnt.

A dependable palace source, who also confirmed the development, held that it was not a conscious attack targeted at the emir.

Craving anonymity, he stated: “It was an overzealous driver, who wanted to overtake the emir’s convoy, but was eventually barricaded by the security and that attempt resulted in accident.

“I don’t want to believe it was an attack because I was also on the convoy. What I saw was an attempt by a driver coming from behind with the intention to overtake the emir’s convoy. While attempting to do that, the security checkmated him and diverted the movement. But because the driver was on speed, the vehicle went to hit another vehicle on the convoy.”

In his remarks, the police spokesman in the state, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, equally confirmed the incident, but insisted that it was not an attack on the monarch.

He explained that it was a case involving a Toyota salon that crashed into the emir’s convoy.

In a statement, Kiyawa submitted: “It is a case of an accident. The Emir of Kano’s convoy was coming from Gadar Lado to Dangi Underpass. On their way, a Toyota Corolla car had a side collision with the rear escort vehicle on the convoy.

“The driver of the salon car was rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital, Kano for treatment.”

There was, however, no official reaction from the palace at the time of filing this report

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