Kano emirate crisis: Court fixes June 13 for ruling

The Federal High Court has fixed June 13,2024 for ruling on whether it has jurisdiction to entertain a suit filed against the reinstatement of the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, which followed a suit filed by a title holder in Kano emirate, Aminu Dan’agundi to challenge the government on the development.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that the court in suit number FHC/KN/CS/182/2024, ordered the Kano state government and other parties involved to stop the implementation of the new emirate law that reinstated Sanusi, pending the hearing of the substantive case.

The Sarkin Dawaki Babba, (senior counsellor), joined the state government, the state House of Assembly and its Speaker; the Attorney-General of the state; the state Commissioner of Police; the Inspector-General of Police; Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; and the State Security Service (SSS) as respondents.

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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 under the provision of the Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019 (1441 A.H.)’, the court had granted

Penpushing further reports that, however, on Thursday, the judge, Justice A.M Liman, fixed June 13, 2024 to hear the arguments of the counsel to the parties on the jurisdiction of the court in the matter, while it is recalled that the Kano State House of Assembly on May 23, 2024 repealed the State Emirate Council Law 2019 under which former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje split Kano Emirate into five distinct units.

The interpretation of the repeal of the law is the dissolution of the four emirates created in 2019 – Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye – and the sacking of their emirs, a development which restored Kano as the only state in Nigeria with a single emirate council, aside from Sokoto which also has the Sultan as the only Paramount ruler.

Penpushing also reports that it is recalled that Governor Yusuf after signing the repeal immediately reinstated Sanusi, who was installed as the Emir of Kano in 2014 by then Governor Kwankwaso but was removed six years later by the then Governor Ganduje.

The dethroned emir, Aminu Ado-Bayero, however, returned to the state on May 25, 2024 and has occupied a mini emirate palace at the Nasarawa Government Reservation Area (GRA) as he continues to challenge his removal in the court.

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