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Court Voids Sanusi’s Reinstatement as Emir of Kano

A Federal High Court in Kano has voided the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as emir of Kano, citing flouting court order by the Kano governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

Governor Yusuf has reinstated Sanusi II as the Emir despite a court order that restrained him from doing so following repealing of Kano Emirate Law by the Kano House of Assembly.

The Emirs affected by the repealed law earlier include emirs of Kano, Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya.

Gov. Yusuf applied the law to re-appoint the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

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However, a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, challenged the propriety of the law and asked the court to declare it null and void.

In a Thursday ruling, Justice Abdullahi Liman set aside the action of Kano government, ordering parties to maintain status quo.

Justice Liman ruled that the defendants were aware of the interim order granted by the court but chose to ignore it and went ahead with implementation of the law.

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The judge held that he would assume his coercive powers to enforce compliance with his order.

Meanwhile, Justice Liman transferred the case to Justice Simon Amobeda for continuation due to his promotion to the Court of Appeal.

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