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Emirship Tussle: Court Affirms Jurisdiction To Hear Bayero’s Rights Suit

A Federal High Court on Thursday, ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the human rights violation case filed by the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and senior councillor, Aminu Dan’agundi.

Justice A M Liman, of a Federal High Court in Kano, said the court has jurisdiction to hear and determine the case instituted by  Dan’agundi, against the implementation of Kano Emirate Council (Repeal) Law 2024.

Dan’agundi,(Sarkin Dawaki Babba), through his counsel, Ibrahim Aliyu-Nasarawa, filed a motion exparte dated May 23.

The applicant is seeking the court to restrain the respondents from enforcing, implementing and operationalizing the Kano State Emirate repeal law and reinstating Emir Muhammad Sanusi II.

The respondents in the suit are the  Kano State Government, Kano State House of Assembly, Speaker Kano State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of Kano State and  Commissioner of Police Kano.

Others are the Inspector-General of Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Security Service.

Justice Liman, in a ruling held that the court has jurisdiction to entertain the matter bothering on the applicant’s fundamental rights relying on section 42  (1) and Section 315 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

He adjourned the matter until June 14, for hearing of all pending application.

Earlier, Counsel to the applicant, Mr M S Waziri, argued that the court has jurisdiction to entertain and hear the fundamental right suit to fair hearing.

“The applicant ought to have been involved as a member of the Kano State Kingmakers in reinstating the new emir of Kano”

Counsel to the Kano State Government and Attorney-General of Kano, Mahmoud Abubakar-Magaji, SAN, urged the court to decline jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

The court had on May 23, granted an Interim Injunction order directing parties to maintain status quo ante,the passage and assent of the bill pending the hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.

The court also restrained the 5th to 8th respondents from enforcing, executing, implementing and operationalizing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Law 2024.

Gov. Abba Kabir-Yusuf, on May 23, dethroned Emir Aminu Ado-Bayero, and reappointed Sanusi II, as the Emir of Kano, four years after he was dethroned by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje


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