Court declares appointment of new Kano State emirs null and void

A Kano State high court Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano State government as null and void.

Justice Nasiru Saminu gave the ruling following a suit by the plaintiff, Hon. Sule Gwarzo, against the Governor and the state government, for splitting the emirate.

Justice Nasiru Saminu ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs,

The emirs were installed by the Governor Umaru Ganduje at the weekend following the balkanisation of the centuries-old emirate by the Kano state government that followed an unusually fast passage of a bill by the Kano State House of Assembly.

Contrary, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, issued appointment letters, and presented Staff of Office to the new emirs against the subsisting court order.

Similarly, a House of Assembly member, representing Gwarzo constituency Rabiu Mmuhammad Gwarzo had filed a suit challenging the creation of the new Emirates.
The kingmakers — Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makaman Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki man Tuta) and Mukhtari Adnan (Sarikin Ban Kano) — were listed as first, second, third and fourth plaintiffs respectively.

They insisted that Ganduje’s assent to the bill breaking up the emirate, was done in bad faith and the action was a desecration of centuries-old tradition.

In the suit with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a State High Court, Ganduje, the State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of the state and five others were listed as the defendants

The newly-appointed emirs are: Emir of Bichi, Aminu Ado Bayero; Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya; Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II and the Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila.