In spite pending appeal, FHC nullifies Kano’s implementation of 2024 Emirate Council Law


Notwithstanding the pendency of an appeal challenging its jurisdiction at the Court of Appeal, a Federal High Court in Kano on Thursday set aside all steps taken by the Kano State Government in repealing the Kano Emirates Council Law.

But the court held that the order setting aside the step taken by the government does not affect the validity of the law, which is the subject matter.

“I hereby refuse the prayer by the applicant to nullify the law,” the judge declared.

The law declared valid was used by the Kano State Government in dethroning Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as emir and four others.

BAR & BENCH WATCH reports that Kano State Government had dethroned Emir Ado Bayero and four other emirs in the four Emirates created by the administration of former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje following the enactment of the Kano Emirates Council Repeal Law, 2024 and enthroned Emir Sanusi II as sole Emir for all the 44 local councils in Kano State.

The decision of the state government had provoked several court actions, one of which was decided on Thursday.

The judgment was handed down at 2pm after it was adjourned from midday.

A kingmaker in the Kano Emirate and Sarkin Dawaki Babba, Aminu Babba Danagundi, had challenged the propriety of the law.

Danagundi asked the court, through his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), to declare the law null and void.

In his ruling on Thursday, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman set aside the action of the Kano State Government regarding the implementation of the law.

Liman also ordered all parties to the dispute to maintain the status quo.

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