Court stops new Kano emirate law that allows Sanusi back as emir

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano has restrained the Kano State Government from implementing the new emirate law under which paved way for reinstatement of Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano, and adjourned the case to June 3, 2024 for hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.

Penpushing reports that Aminu Dan’agundi, who holds the traditional tile of Sarkin Dawaki Babba, (senior counsellor), had filed the suit to challenge the government’s decision in which he joined the Kano State House of Assembly and its Speaker; the Attorney-General; Commissioner of Police; Inspector-General of Police; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; and the State Security Service (SSS) as respondents.

The judge, Justice AM Liman in his Thursday judgment, in suit number FHC/KN/CS/182/2024, ordered the state government and the other parties involved to stop the implementation of the new emirate law pending the hearing of the substantive case.

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“An order of interim injunction of this honourable court suspending, not giving effect to, not implementing the operation of the Kano State Emirate Council (repeal) Law, 2024 (1445 A.H.), as they affect all offices and institutions of the Emirates Council created pursuant to the provision of the Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019 (1441 A.H.)’, the court ruled

‘This Honourable Court restraining the 5th to 8th (security agencies) from enforcing, executing, implementing and operationalizing the Kano State Emirate Council (repeal) Law, 2024 (1445 A.H.)’, the ruling added

“In the alternative to relief 3 above, an order of of interim injunction of this honourable court for the maintenance and preservation of the subject matter and or the preservation of status quo by all the parties to this suit, pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Motion before this Honourable Court as well as an AN ORDER of accelerated hearing of this matter. The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respondents are hereby directed to ensure and maintain the peace and security in the state pending the determination of this application’, the ruling emphasised

Penpushing further reports that the judge, however, adjourned the case to 3 June for hearing of the fundamental rights application, while it is recalled that the Kano State House of Assembly had on Thursday passed the law.

The Governor, Abba Yusuf in same vein and on same day assented immediately and subsequently, dissolved four emirates of the state and removed the emirs, as well as order reinstatement of Lamido Sanusi as the emir.

Penpushing also reports that it is recalled that the four additional emirates were created by the immediate past administration of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who also appointed the five emirs after sacking Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

The Governor while announcing reinstatement of Sanusi said he did that in fulfilment of his campaign promise, arguing that the new law provided for the reinstatement of Sanusi and the removal of the former emirs of Kano, Gaya, Karaye, Bichi and Rano.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that Sanusi was installed as the Emir of Kano in 2014 by then Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, who is now the leader of Governor Yusuf’s New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), an installation which followed the death, after a lengthy reign, of Ado Bayero.

The Emir, was, however, sacked by the immediate past Governor Ganduje in 2020, for alleged insurbodination, and thereafter the son of Sanusi’s predecessor, Aminu Ado Bayero, was installed as the 15th emir of Kano, after four emirates were carved out of it to end its status as the sole emirate of the state.

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