Emirship crisis: Court halts implementation of Kano’s new emirate law

A Federal High Court in Kano has nullified the Kano Emirate Council (Amendment No. 2) Law, 2024, that scrapped four of the five emirates’ councils of the state last month and led to removal of all the five emirs, including Aminu Ado-Bayero of Kano.

Penpushing reports that the judge, Justice Abdullahi Liman, in similar vein, ordered Kano 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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The judge ruling in suit number FHC/KN/CS/182/2024, declared the appointment of Sanusi as Emir of Kano as null and void, adding that the government failed to obey the court order restraining it from taking further actions on the new emirate council law.

Penpushing further reports that Liman described the Governor’s speech during the presentation of the reappointment letter to Sanusi as a road to anarchy, emphasizing that if a court order cannot be respected despite evidence of service, then the government was heading to the explosive side.

The judge equally ordered the restoration of the Kano Emirate Council Law 2019 that split Kano into five emirates of Kano, Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya.

Penpushing also reports that it is recalled that Governor Abba Yusuf, on May, 23, 2024 signed the bill that repealed the State Emirate Council Law 2019, as the House of Assembly had earlier on the same day passed the bill that equally dissolved the four emirates created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

The Governor immediately reinstated Sanusi the following day as the sole emir of Kano State, while Aminu Dan’agundi a title holder in Kano emirate, challenged the government’s decision at the Federal High Court.

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