Court Asserts Jurisdiction in Emirship Dispute: Bayero’s Rights Suit Continues

In a significant development, a Federal High Court in Kano has upheld its jurisdiction to proceed with the human rights violation case brought by the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and senior councillor, Aminu Dan’agundi. The case challenges the reinstatement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, with the court issuing an ex-parte order barring Governor Abba Yusuf from effecting Sanusi’s reinstatement pending the resolution of the lawsuit.

The court’s ruling also halted the implementation of a bill that dissolved four emirates—Bichi, Gaya, Karaye, and Rano—which had been previously passed by the Kano State House of Assembly. Justice Liman stressed the importance of maintaining the status quo until further hearings scheduled for June 3, 2024, emphasizing constitutional and jurisdictional issues at stake.

The defendants named in the lawsuit include the Kano State Government, the State House of Assembly, and various law enforcement agencies. The court has set the stage for a crucial legal battle, underscoring the complexities of governance and tradition in Kano State.

The case is set to resume on June 14, 2024, reflecting the court’s commitment to addressing this contentious issue without delay.

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