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Conflicting Court Orders Leave Kano Emirate in Uncertainty

In a perplexing turn of events, Federal and State High Courts have issued conflicting orders regarding the rights and privileges of Muhammadu Sanusi II and Aminu Bayero as they both jostle for the title of Emir of Kano. According to a Federal High Court in Kano, this Tuesday, an order was passed to ensure that all rights and privileges due to Aminu Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano, are granted to him. The order also deterred any actions that could harm or infringe upon Bayero’s rights until a full hearing and directed the police to enforce the order. The order, passed by Justice S.A. Amobeda, read:

“An order of interim injunction restraining the respondents either by themselves, their agents, servants, privies or any other person or authority from inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating, harassing the applicant, raiding, tampering with or visiting the applicant to arrest or infringe on his right or in any other way infringe or attempt to infringe the applicant’s rights pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.

An order restraining the third, fourth, and fifth respondents and all other respondents from denying the applicant the use of his official residence and palace at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu, as well as enjoyment of all rights and privileges accrued to him under being Emir of Kano State and to evict anything or anybody residing within the palace illegally pending the hearing and the determination of the originating summons.”

On the other hand, a State High Court on Miller Road, Kano, under the ruling of Justice Amina Aliyu, granted Muhammadu Sanusi II and his supporters (four Kano kingmakers) protection from eviction and harassment. The order also specifically restrained the police, Department of State Services, and the military from evicting Sanusi II from the Emir’s Palace at Kofar Kudu. It also prohibited any attempts to seize the symbols of the Emir’s authority in Sanusi’s possession.

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Justice Amina held:

“An order of interim injunction is hereby granted restraining the respondents either by themselves, their agents, privies, representatives, and assigns from further harassing, intimidating, inviting, arresting and or invading the personal or official residence of the applicants (Gidan Rumfa), his servants and or any of the Kano Emirate kingmakers from doing such acts that would be capable of interfering with the applicants’ rights generally concerning this suit pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

An order of interim injunction is hereby granted restraining the respondents from attempting to hijack, pick, commandeer, confiscate any of the twin spear of authority, the Royal Hat of Dabo, the Ostrich-feathered shoes, the knife, and sword of the Emir of Kano, as well as symbols of authority pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

It further ordered that the respondents be restrained from interfering with the functions and duties of the first applicant as the Emir of Kano pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated May 28, 2024.

Both orders, however, are temporary, pending further hearings, with the Federal Court hearing scheduled for June 4 and the State Court hearing scheduled for June 13.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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