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Court Nullifies Reinstatement of Sanusi as Emir of Kano

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A Federal High Court in Kano has overturned Muhammadu Sanusi II’s restoration as the 16th Emir of Kano.

 

The court, which issued its decision on Thursday, also overturned all activities made following the contentious reinstatement.

 

The presiding judge, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman said, “I hereby order that every step taken by the Government is hereby nullified and becomes null and invalid and that this does not affect the validity of the repealed Emirates Law but actions taken by the Governor, which includes the assenting to the Law and the reappointment (of Sanusi).

 

“I have listened to the audio of the governor both in Hausa and English after assenting to the Law, and I am convinced that the respondents are aware of the order of maintaining status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motions on notice in the court.

 

“Having been satisfied that the respondents are aware of the court order, the court in the exercise of its powers set aside an action because it violates the court’s order, I think it is a very serious matter for anyone to flout the orders of the court and go scot free with it.

 

He stated that the tragic scenario might have been avoided if the respondents had followed due process by complying with the court order, which would have allowed them to complete their responsibilities.

 

He observed that the responders, on the other hand, chose to act on their whims and caprices, resulting in a terrible problem.

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