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Ancient Kano walls to be rebuilt with debris from demolition sites

Following the recent demolition spree embarked upon by the Kano state government and the condemnations that has followed from some sections of the society, the new administration on Monday said it will be using the debris from the demolition sites to rebuild the ancient Kano city walls.

This was made known by Governor Abba Yusuf, as he went round the demolition sites in the state. He added that scavengers should beware as the police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been commissioned to protect the waste.

“We went round the city to inspect the various demolished sites. We have decided to use the debris of the demolished sites to rehabilitate Kano city walls to preserve history, beautify the state and make it site of attraction as a national monument,” Yusuf informed.

The Governor further asked the people of the state to abide by the rules and regulations and draw the attention of the authority to any suspicious characters around the sites.

Historically, the ancient walls in Kano were build to protect the people and keep intruders out. Scholars have described it as “West Africa’s most impressive monument” just as the wall is estimated to have been in existence for almost 800 years. They said the foundation was laid between 1095 and 1134 and finally completed in the mid-fourteenth century.

Historians believe that at the beginning, the walls were about 30 to 50 feet tall and about 40 feet thick at the base. 15 gates went around them.

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