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Emirship Tussle: Court Cancels Reappointment Of Muhammadu Sanusi As Emir Of Kano



Emirship Tussle: Court Cancels Reappointment Of Muhammadu Sanusi As Emir Of Kano

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has nullified the reappointment of Muhammad Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano.

The presiding Judge, Justice Abdullahi Liman declares all actions carried out following the passage of the Kano Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024 as null and void.

The judge, Justice Liman, however, while delivering his ruling, ordered that the status quo be maintained by all parties.

According to him, “I hereby order that every step taken by the defendant in under Kano State Emirate Council Law are hereby annulled and set aside.

“However, this order does not affect the validity of the law, which is the subject matter, and refuses the prayer by the applicant to nullify the law.

“I order that status quo be maintained,” the judge, Justice Liman said.

The judge based his ruling because the government was aware of the court order to maintain status but went ahead to take further steps and actions.


Emirship Tussle: Court Cancels Reappointment Of Muhammadu Sanusi As Emir Of Kano


“I am convinced that the respondents are aware of the order dated May 23, to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the case.

“I think it is a very serious matter for anyone to flout the orders of the court and go scot-free with it.

“The catastrophic situation could have been averted if the respondents followed due process by complying with the court order, which would still have allowed them to carry out their assignments,” he said.

Recall that counsel to the applicant, M S Waziri, urged the court to nullify the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) law 2024.

Similarly, Justice Liman, while delivering ruling on the stay of proceedings, granted the application for a stay of proceedings on jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter.

Also, recall that Counsel to Kano State House of Assembly and Speaker, Eyitayo Fatogun SAN, told the court that he has filed a notice of appeal at the court of appeal and motion on stay of proceedings.

Fatogun also applied to be recused from the matter, asking for an adjournment to enable his clients to find another lawyer and pending hearing and determination of his application at the court of appeal on jurisdiction.

Counsel to the Attorney General of Kano State and the State Government, Mr A.G Wakil, aligned himself with the position of Fatogun.

Also, Counsel to the Commissioner of Police Kano and Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ekwe, told the court that the duty of the police was to maintain peace in the state, which is why they did not file any responses on jurisdiction issue.

Recall that the applicant, Sarkin Dawaki Babba of the Kano Emirate, Aminu Babba Dan’Agundi, had approached the court seeking his fundamental human rights and that the court should restrain the respondents from enforcing, implementing, and operationalizing the repealed law.

However, respondents in the suit are Kano State Government as 1st respondent, Kano State House of Assembly (2nd), Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly (3rd), Attorney General of Kano State (4th), Kano Commissioner of Police (5th), Inspector General of Police, IGP (6th), NSCDC and the DSS as 7th and 8th respondents, respectively.