Niger: High court restrains New Emir of Kontagora
Abdul Mohammed Isa, Minna
A high court in Niger state North central Nigeria, has granted an interim injunction restraining the newly appointed Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Mohammed Mu’azu Barau from parading himself as the 7th Emir of Kontagora.
Justice Abdullahi Mikhail of Minna High court in the state granted the order in an exparte motion filed by Barrister Mohammed Anache on behalf of eight other aggrieved contestants for the stool.
Justice Mikhail who granted the order on Tuesday the 12th of October ordered the newly appointed Emir to stop parading himself as the 7th Emir pending the hearing and the determination of the plaintiff/ Applicant motion on notice.
“An order of interim injunction is hereby made and issued restraining the 1st respondent (Alhaji Muhammad Barau from parading himself as the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora.
“By virtue of its selection, on the 19th day of September 2021, pending the hearing and determination of the plaintiff/ Applicants motion filed on the 11th of October 2021.“
The judge also restrained the five king makers from acting on the order of any other party in issuing a staff of office to the new Sarkin Sudan, Alhaji Mohammed Muazu Barau.
“In the second prayer an order of interim injunction is hereby made and issued restraining act the defendant/Respondent, their agents, privies claiming for parading to be installing the 1st defendants.
’’They are also restrained from presenting a staff of office as the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora pending the hearing and determination of the plaintiff applications motion on motion.“
The New Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Mohammed Mu’azu was presented with an appointment letter by the Niger state government on the 8th of October 2021.
It would be recalled that the late Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska died after ruling for 47years.