Kano Emirship Crisis: We have five conflicting court orders, don’t know which one to enforce—Police

  • As IGP forwards court orders to AGF for interpretation

The  Kano State Police Command at the weekend said it has received five separate but conflicting court orders on emirate crisis rocking the state and presently challenged on which of the orders to enforce.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Usaini Gumel who made the disclosure however said that the court orders had since been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police who on his own had forwarded same to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN for interpretation and proper guidance.

BAR & BENCH WATCH reports that the Chief Justice of Nigeria had during the week summoned the chief judges of both the Federal high court and the Kano state high court to an emergency meeting to address the worrying issuance of conflicting court orders by judges of the courts under their jurisdiction.

It was learnt that the meeting which held last Thursday was preparatory to a whole scale investigation of the orders and the circumstances surrounding their issuance to guide the National Judicial Council (NJC) on how to wield its big stick over the matter.

Meanwhile, Kano police commissioner, Mr Usaini Gumel, at a meeting with heads of media organisations in  the state at the weekend also lamented that the media were also further complicating issues by publishing unverified information on the crisis.

According to Gumel, “I have forwarded the five court orders related to the emirship tussle to the Inspector General of Police who has subsequently contacted the Minister of Justice for clarification and interpretation.

“We are currently awaiting guidance on which order to comply with as the conflicting court directives have created a complex situation.

“Once we receive the necessary interpretation, we will take appropriate action to resolve the emirship dispute in accordance with the law.”

Governor Abba Yusuf had through a repealed chieftaincy law dethroned Bayero and four other first class emirs and reinstated Sanusi.

But Bayero returned to the state to reclaim his position.

While Sanusi is consolidating on the throne, having occupied the main palace, Bayero is waiting anxiously for the decision of the court as he now stays at the Nasarawa palace.

In the meantime, as the emirship tussle rages on, the Emir of  Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, has warned against questioning divine will.

He urged his followers to accept divine decisions without question.

Emir Sanusi gave the counsel in a sermon at the Kofar Arewa Central Mosque during Jumma’t prayer yesterday.

Addressing congregants, Emir Sanusi highlighted the significance of belief in God’s omnipotence, especially as the Islamic calendar approaches Zhul Hijja, a month known for its spiritual benefits.

He said: “Whoever believes that Allah alone gives everything must take the decision of Allah wholeheartedly. No one asks Allah’s reasons for anything,” the monarch said.

He further elaborated on the concept of destiny in Islam, stating, “We were told that whoever did not accept destiny is from Allah, his belief is not complete.

“One should be thankful in times of good and bad situations.

“We must believe that whatever happens to us is predestined from God and what we couldn’t have is from Him.”

After the sermon, Emir Sanusi led the congregation in prayers.

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