UPDATED: Kano Emirates Controversy: Court gives Ganduje condition before acting on new law

The emirate controversy in Kano took a new twist after a High Court in Kano granted an interim injunction to stop the Kano State Government from taking any action on the Kano emirates controversy without consulting some allies of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

This comes a week after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje signed a new law approving the creation of four new emirates and the appointment of first-class emirs for each of them. The law also establishes the council of chiefs.

CheckOut Magazine gathered that observers of the controversy believe the governor took the action to whittle down the power and influence of Mr Sanusi, who hitherto was the only first-class emir in Kano.

A similar law passed earlier by the Kano parliament, assented by Mr Ganduje was recently invalidated by the court which said the due process was not followed.

A new law was presented to the parliament and passed into law within three days last week.

It would be recalled that PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Ganduje controversially appointed Mr Sanusi as the head of the council of chiefs, while the four newly appointed emirs are members.

The governor also ordered Mr Sanusi to call a meeting of the council of chiefs.

Perhaps to stop Governor Ganduje from moving against Mr Sanusi or acting on the new law, some Kano kingmakers loyal to the emir filed an ‘ex-parte’ motion at the Kano High Court.

Justice Ahmed Badamosi granted the interim order requested by the kingmakers while the main suit continues.

The judge ruled that Mr Ganduje should not take any action under the new ‘Kano States Emirates Council Law, 2019’ without consulting with the plaintiffs.

He then adjourned the case to December 17.

The plaintiffs in the suit are four Kano kingmakers headed by the Madakin Kano, Yusuf Nabahani.

The defendants are the Speaker of the Kano State House of Assembly as the first respondent, Kano State House of Assembly as the second respondent, Governor of Kano State as third respondent, Attorney General of Kano State as fourth respondent and each of the four newly appointed emirs of Rano, Karaye, Gaya and Bichi.

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