Court prevents reinstatement of Sanusi as Kano Emir

A Federal High Court in Kano has issued an order restraining the Kano State Government from implementing the Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Act.

Justice Mohammed Liman granted the order at the request of Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba of Kano Emirate.

Court documents about the case have since gone viral.

The Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday dissolved the four newly created emirates councils in the state, PUNCH Online reported.

The dissolution of the affected Emirates was a sequel to the deliberations in the House during the plenary session.

Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf on Thursday reappointed Lamido Sanusi as Emir of Kano, four years after he was dethroned by the former governor of the state, Umar Ganduje.

In addition, the governor deposed five emirs appointed by Ganduje and gave them a 48-hour ultimatum to leave their official residences and palaces.

He also ordered them to hand over all matters to the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

In the latest suit regarding the position of the Emir, the news agency reports that the defendants in the fundamental rights case are the Kano State Government, the House of Assembly, the President, the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Police , the Inspector General of Police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps and the State Security Service.

Meanwhile, the court ordered that all court proceedings be handed over to the IGP in Abuja.

The judge ruled: “The parties are hereby ordered to maintain the status quo before the passage and approval of the bill pending the hearing of the fundamental rights application.

“That in view of the constitutional and jurisdictional issues that emerge from the body of the lawsuit, the parties will address the court at the hearing of the fundamental rights lawsuit that is set for June 3, 2024.

“That in order to maintain the peace and security of the state, an interim injunction is granted by this Honorable Court restraining the fifth to eight respondents (CP, IGP, NSCDC and DSS) from enforcing, executing, implementing and operationalizing the Kano State Emirate. Council Law (repealed).

“The parties are hereby ordered to maintain the status quo before the passage and approval of the bill pending the hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.

“That the present case is postponed until June 3, 2024, for knowledge of the fundamental rights demand.”

The “status quo ante” refers to the previously existing state of affairs.

The repealed law, known as the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, had created the Emirates of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi, in addition to Kano.

The repeal of the law means that the newly created emirates have been dissolved, once again consolidating the Kano Emirate under a single ruler.

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