Nigeria

Court dismisses Kano kingmakers’ suit challenging creation of new emirates

Man, 25, docked for alleged damage to security wire
Man, 25, docked for alleged damage to security wire
By Bashir Bello

Kano—A High Court sitting in Kano, yesterday, dismissed a suit filed by Kano kingmakers challenging the creation of four new emirates and the appointment of first-class emirs.

Delivering the judgment, the judge, Ahmad Badamasi, said the suit had been overtaken by events as the law creating the emirates had been quashed with the judgment of Justice Usman Na’Abba on November 21, which nullified the creation of the emirates.

According to him “the judgment of my brother Justice Usman Na’aba in suit number K/192/2019 which is a judgment in rem, renders this suit mere academic exercise. That been the case, the suit deserves nothing order than to be struck out and same is accordingly hereby struck out.”

The four Kingmakers who instituted the suit are, District head of Dawakintofa, Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano); District head of Wudil, Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim (Makaman Kano); District head of Gabasawa, Bello Abubakar(Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta) and District head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan (Sarkin Ban Kano).

All the kingmakers have been relieved of their district heads title by the new emirs, and new ones have been appointed.

The defendants in the suit are Kano State Government, the governor, the Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly, the Kano House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Kano State.

Also included are the new emirs: Aminu-Ado Bayero (Emir of Bichi), Ibrahim Abubakar (Emir of Karaye), Tafida Abubakar (Emir of Rano) and Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Emir of Gaya).

Kano Concerned Citizens Initiative, under the leadership of Bashir Tofa, also challenged the creation of the new emirates in the High Court before the state chief judge, Nura Sagir, arguing that, it would divide the people.

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