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Court Declares New Kano Emirates Null and Void




Nigerians React As Kano Court Declares New Emirates 'Null and Void'

A Kano State high court has declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano state government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as “null and void.”

A report monitored on The Guardian by Naija News, says the ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.

This online news platform recalls that Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi’s status as the only first-class emir in the state was whittled when the Kano state government balkanized the emirate, carving out four new emirates and appointing first class emirs to rule them, followed an unusually fast passage of a bill by the Kano State House of Assembly.

Kano state has five emirates: Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi with all Emirs expected to have equal powers as well as being on the same first-class status as Emir Sanusi.

Governor Ganduje was accused of carrying out a personal vendetta against the Emir of Kano  in order to whittle down his influence but the governor insisted the future of the state was taken into consideration before Kano Emirate was divided into five smaller units.

“For easier local administration as Kano state moves in a new direction to deliver community-based growth, we have decided to create 4 new Emirates for our great state,” Ganduje said on May 10.

Governor Ganduje signed the Kano State Emirs Appointment and Deposition Amendment 2019 into last Thursday and the emirs were given their letter of appointment on Friday.

In the same vein, a court order barring Ganduje from appointing and installing new emirs was issued by a Kano State high court on Friday but the state government claimed the order came after the persons appointed as emirs had accepted their appointments.

Meanwhile, Naija News understands that Governor Ganduje is also facing another suit brought against him and state government by four kingmakers – Madakin Kano, District head of Dawakintofa, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, District head of Wudil, Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim; Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, District head of Gabasawa, Bello Abubakar and Sarkin Ban Kano, District head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan.

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Named as defendants in the suit are: Kano House of Assembly, the Attorney General of Kano State and the new emir – Tafida Abubakar-Ila, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, Ibrahim Abubakar ll and Aminu Ado-Bayero.