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JUST IN: Kano Assembly Passes Bill Nullifying New Emirates, Paves Way for Sanusi’s Potential Return

The Kano State House of Assembly has passed the Kano Emirates Council Law (Repeal Bill) 2024 after it successfully scaled its third reading. This new legislation effectively nullifies the establishment of five new emirates within the state.

Under the newly passed bill, all offices created by the repealed law have been nullified. Additionally, district heads who were elevated or appointed under the previous law are to revert to their former positions.

WikkiTimes had earlier reported that the House was set to amend the Kano State Emirs Law which former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje used to dethrone the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.

Hitherto, a group known as “Yan Dangwalen Kano” had petitioned the House, requesting a review of the circumstances surrounding Sanusi’s deposition. The group also called for the unification of the existing five Kano Emirates into a single entity.

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The bill (Amendment Number 2), 2024, was sponsored by the Majority Leader and member representing the Dala Constituency, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa.

The law, which created the five new emirates, was first signed by ex-Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on December 5, 2019. Subsequent amendments were made on October 14, 2020, and April 11, 2023.

Section 3(1) of the repealed law established five distinct emirates: Kano, Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye. Kano and Karaye each had jurisdiction over eight local government areas, Bichi and Gaya over nine each, and Rano over ten out of the state’s 44 local councils.

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Following the deposition of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, who chaired the council, on March 9, 2020, the law was amended to specify: “There shall be the chairman of the council who shall be the emir, Kano Emirate.”

Section 12 of the law stipulated that the governor could grade the office of an emir as first, second, or third class, subject to the approval of the House of Assembly.

A principal officer of the assembly, who requested anonymity, told Daily Trust, “Nothing can stop the assembly from amending the law,” indicating the firm resolve of the legislative body to proceed with the changes.

The successful passage of the bill marks a significant shift in the traditional governance structure of Kano State, reflecting ongoing political and social dynamics that analysts predicting the return of deposed 14th Kano Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

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