Information on whether the authorities are actively seeking persons involved in the Kano riots of October 1991 [NGA15525.E]

A professor of African politics at the University of Texas in Houston states that the Nigerian authorities will not be searching today for those involved in the October 1991 Kano riots (26 Oct. 1993). The source notes that, compared to other riots, the Kano riots were not serious enough to warrant the indefinite pre-occupation of the authorities.

The participants in the riots were not attempting to overthrow the federal government which, in the political climate of Nigeria under Ibrahim Babangida, would have made their case important enough to guarantee a constant search for them by the government (Ibid.). For more information on those involved in the Kano riots, please refer to NGA15529.E of 26 October 1993. This document is available at your Regional Documentation Centre.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Professor of African politics, University of Texas, Houston. 26 October 1993. Telephone interview.