Kano Chieftaincy: Court Takes Jurisdiction In Bayero’s Rights Suit

By Salihu Ali, Kano



A Federal High Court in Kano state North West Nigeria, has assumed the jurisdiction to entertain the Fundamental rights suits brought before it by deposed Kano Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, and a senior councillor, Aminu Babba DanAgundi, following the reinstatement of Emir Mohammadu Sanusi II.

Dan’Agundi had dragged the Kano State Government as 1st respondent, Kano State House of Assembly (2nd), Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly (3rd), Attorney General of Kano State (4th), Kano Commissioner of Police (5th), Inspector General of Police, IGP (6th), NSCDC and DSS as 7th and 8th respondents respectively to court to seek redress.

Delivering the ruling on jurisdiction the Justice Abdullahi Liman, held that, the court has jurisdiction to hear the matter since it is bothering on the applicant’s fundamental human rights.

Justice Liman predicated his ruling on Section 42 sub-section 1 and Section 315 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The court had granted an ex-parte order stopping Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano from reinstating Sanusi pending the determination of a substantive suit filed against his reinstatement.

The order also kicked against the abolishment of four emirates – Bichi, Gaya, Karaye, and Rano – in a bill earlier passed by the State House of Assembly.

It directed all parties involved to maintain status quo pending the determination of the suit filed by Sarkin Dawaki Babba and Aminu Babba-Dan’Agundi.

Reacting on the ruling, the Counsel to the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Ibrahim Isah Wangida, said he will discuss with his client on the next line of action.

The matter has been adjourned to 14 June for hearing of all pending application.




Mercy Chukwudiebere

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