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Court Halts Emir Sanusi’s Reinstatement

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The court ordered a halt to the implementation of the new law and scheduled a hearing for June 3, 2024.

This court decision was a response to a lawsuit filed late Thursday by Sarkin Dawaki Babba, Aminu Babba-Dan’Agundi, opposing Sanusi’s reappointment. Babba-Dan’Agundi argued that there were constitutional and jurisdictional issues in the government’s recent move.

The court granted the plaintiff permission to issue and serve their concurrent originating motion and other court processes to the sixth defendant, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), in Abuja and beyond the court’s jurisdiction.

The judge has ordered all parties to maintain the status quo as it was before the passage and assent of the new Kano State Emirate Law Council (Repeal) Law, pending the hearing of the Fundamental Rights application on June 3, 2024.

Justice Liman emphasized the need to address constitutional and jurisdictional issues raised in the application during the upcoming hearing.

An interim injunction has been granted to restrain the respondents from enforcing or implementing the new law to maintain peace and security in the state.

The order says, “That parties are hereby ordered to maintain status quo ante the passage the
and assent of the bill into the pending hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.

“That In view of the Constitutional and Jurisdictional Issues apparent on the
face of the application, parties shall address the Court on same at the hearing of the
Fundamental Rights application which is fixed for the 3rd of June, 2024.”

Governor Abba Yusuf had announced the reappointment of Sanusi shortly after signing the new bill into law on Thursday. The new law repeals the 2019 Kano State Emirate Law, which had divided the Kano Emirate into five distinct emirates.

Following this repeal, Yusuf directed the five emirs appointed by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to vacate their official residences and surrender their instruments of power to the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, who also serves as the Deputy Governor.

On Thursday, the Assembly abolished the five emirates created by Ganduje.  The court has adjourned the case to June 3, 2024, for the hearing of the Fundamental Rights application.

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