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KANO EMIRATE: Governor Yusuf moves to flout court order again, commands demolition of Emir Bayero’s mini palace

KANO EMIRATE: Governor Yusuf moves to flout court order again, commands demolition of Emir Bayero’s mini palace

The government of Kano State on Thursday directed the state police commissioner to eject the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, from the Nasarawa palace.

Governor Abba Yusuf gave the directive through the state attorney general Haruna Dederi.

This has been seen by many to constitute another flagrant disobedience to a clear court order, after the Federal High Court on Thursday criticised the governor for being aversive to the rule of law.

Dederi conveyed the directive at a news conference on Thursday in Kano and explained that the government had finalised plans to renovate the said palace.

According to him, the Kano government has concluded plans for immediate demolition and reconstruction of its dilapidated wall.

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Dederi acknowledged the Kano Division of the Federal High Court ruling regarding the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Law, 2024 and viewed same as upholding the rule of law.

He said “The ruling of the court has unequivocally reaffirmed the validity of the law passed by the Kano State House of Assembly and assented to by the governor on May 2024.

“This part of the judgment is very fundamental to the entire matter. Further implication of the ruling is that all actions taken by the government before the emergence of the interim order of the court are equally validated.”

Dederi added, “This means that abolishing the five emirates created in 2019 is validated and the deposition of the five emirs is also sustained by the Federal High Court.

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“By implication, this means that Muhammadu Sanusi II remains the Emir of Kano. The judge also granted our application for the stay of proceedings until the Court of Appeal deals with the appeal on jurisdiction.

“Happily, the signing of the law and the reinstatement of Sanusi II were done on 23 May, 2024 before the emergence of the Interim Order, which was served on us on 27 May, 2024.”

Mr Dederi stressed that following this ruling, the Kano government “has directed the state commissioner of police to eject the deposed Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments from the government property where he is ‘trespassing’.”

“The government will commence general renovation of the property with immediate effect,” he said.

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Some legal minds however disagreed that the Federal High Court ruling regarding the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Law, 2024 validated the law. They said the court only refused to pronounced on it, saying it is subject of a pending litigation.

Disrespect to court?

Observers said the statement by the state government was an indication that the governor was intent on disrespecting the rule of law and the courts, despite all the chastisement he received in Thursday’s ruling.

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Sani Abubakar of Kofar Nassarawa said rather than remove Aminu Bayero from the Nasarawa palace, he should remove Muhammadu Sanusi from the Kofar Kudu palace, because “the ruling was clear that Sanusi’s reinstatement was invalid, null and void. The ruling was also very clear that further actions on the matter must be stayed.

“Meanwhile, the first court order was still subsisting, while there was another court order stopping them from harrasing and intimidating Emir Bayero. So, what are they talking about if not that they are trying to regularize impunity, and I think that will not augur well for them.”




Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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