Wed. Jul 8th, 2020



Court Scraps 4 Kano Emirate Council

Aminu Kutama Reports

A Kano State High Court has overturned the decision by the Kano State Government to create four additional emirates in the state.

The State High Court stated that the ruling was based on the fact that the motion for the creation of the ‘illegal’ Emirates in the State was not done according to due process.

With today’s ruling, it is now certain that there is only one Emir and Emirate in Kano, not five, as was the case in recent months.

Kicking against the ruling, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Mukhtar, told the BBC the court made the decision without proper investigation.

Recall that in May 2019, the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, upon receiving a bill from the State Assembly created four additional Emirates in the State.

The ‘Emirs’ include Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Bichi and Ibrahim Abubakar as Emir of Karaye; Tafida Abubakar Il as Emir of Rano and Ibrahim Abdulkadir as Emir of Gaya.

A lawyer, Ibrahim Salisu proposed to the Kano State House of Assembly, a bill for the creation of new Emirates in Kano. And within a matter of days, the House convened and passed it into law.

But in Thursday’s ruling, the court said his law firm is unknown, and he also failed to give the court sufficient proof to his claims.

The court also said that Ibrahim had no legal right to take the bill to the parliament.

The Court also stated that the House had violated the 1999 Constitution Law that allows State Legislatures to create laws and has thus, abolished the law completely to serve as penalty.

Former House Minority Leader,  Nasiru Muhammad Gwarzo filed the suit challenging the decision, alleging that he was not informed by the House about the bill and its hasty passage.

Counsel to Gwarzo, Barrister Maliki Kuliya expressed happiness with the ruling, saying the court has done the right thing and this is an indication that justice is served.

The Kano State Government has 90 days to appeal the judgment.

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