Court Voids New Kano Emirates, Orders Status Quo

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje

By Imam Ibrahim – A Kano High court presided over by Justice Nasiru Saminu has ordered Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to maintain status quo in respect of the interim order issued against the Governor on May 10.

Justice Saminu ordered all the parties in the suit to maintain the status quo, pending the hearing of motion on notice.

A member of Kano State House of Assembly, Rabiu Gwarzo, had earlier filed a suit challenging the creation of the new emirates. The State high court then issued an ex parte order restraining balkanisation of Kano emirate and installation of new emirs.

But Ganduje failed to comply with the order but instead issued appointment letters, and subsequently presenting staff of office to the new emirs.

On Tuesday, Kano kingmakers filed another suit against the governor and state government challenging the balkanization of the emirate.

It would be recalled that Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, last week approved the creation of four new emirates from Kano emirate and installed new emirs of first-class status to man the emirates.

Justice Saminu while presiding on Wednesday ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the news emirs.

The Court declared as illegal the appointment and installation of four new emirs approved by Mr. Ganduje.

The kingmakers include: Madakin Kano, district head of Dawakintofa; Yusuf Nabahani, district head of Wudil; Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim, district head of Gabasawa; and Bello Abubakar, district head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan.


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