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New Twist as Court Halts Sanusi’s Reinstatement as Kano Emir

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A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
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A Federal High Court in Kano has issued an order preventing the Kano State Government from enforcing the recently passed Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Law. Justice Mohammed Liman granted this order following an application by Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba of the Kano Emirate.

Court papers related to the case have gone viral, indicating widespread public interest and concern.

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On Thursday, the Kano State House of Assembly dissolved the four newly created emirate councils, as reported by PUNCH Online. This decision followed extensive deliberations during a plenary session. Subsequently, Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf reappointed Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano, four years after his removal by former governor Umar Ganduje.

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Governor Yusuf also deposed five emirs appointed by Ganduje, issuing them a 48-hour ultimatum to vacate their official residences and palaces. He directed them to hand over all affairs to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

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In the latest lawsuit concerning the Emir’s seat, the respondents include the Kano State Government, the House of Assembly, the Speaker, the Attorney-General, the Commissioner of Police, the Inspector-General of Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the State Security Service. The court has ordered that all legal documents be served to the IGP in Abuja.

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The judge’s ruling stated: “Parties are hereby ordered to maintain the status quo ante the passage and assent of the bill into law pending the hearing of the fundamental rights application.”

The judge also emphasized the need for maintaining peace and security in the state, granting an interim injunction restraining the fifth to eighth respondents (CP, IGP, NSCDC, and DSS) from enforcing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Law. The case is adjourned to June 3, 2024, for the hearing of the fundamental rights application.

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The repealed law, known as the Kano State Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, had created Rano, Karaye, Gaya, and Bichi Emirates alongside Kano. With the law’s repeal, these newly established emirates are dissolved, consolidating the Kano Emirate under a single ruler once more.

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