Again, court restrains Ganduje from acting on new emirates law

A Kano High Court has for a second time stopped Governor Abdullahi Ganduje from acting on the newly enacted emirates council law in Kano state.

Kano Focus reports that Mr Ganduje had a few days ago signed the Kano Emirates Council Law 2019, which created four emirates in Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya local government areas– after the emirates bill was hastily passed by the Kano State House of Assembly, without a public hearing.

The governor had already appointed Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, who is believed to be the target of the emirates law, as the head of the new Council of Emirs as contained in the controversial law. Mr Sanusi has however not reacted to the appointment.

However, in a ruling on Tuseday, the high court, presided over by Justice A.T Badamis restrained Mr Ganduje (3rd respondent) from acting based on the controversial Kano Emirates Council Law, 2019.

The order, with suit number K/197/2019, was granted following an application by four kingmakers–Madakin Kano (Yusuf Nabahani), Makaman Kano (Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim), Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta (Bello Abubakar) and Sarkin Ban Kano (Mukhtar Adnan), who are serving under the Sanusi-led Kano Emirate council.

The suit also joins as respondents Mr Ganduje, Speaker of the Kano House of Assembly, Kano State House of Assembly, Attorney General of Kano State and the new emirs, Tafida Abubakar Ila, Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II and Aminu Ado Bayero.

“Upon carefully running through the motion ex-parte, dated December 9, 2019, filed by the plaintiffs/applicants,  accompanied by the attached process as well as exhibits.

“And Upon hearing Suraj Sa’eda SAN with Dr Nasiru Aliyu Esq, Ismail Abdulaziz Esq, counsel for the plaintiffs/applicants.

“It is here by ordered as follows:

“That an order of interim injunction, is hereby made restraining the 3rd respondent, from taking away the functions and powers of the applicants under the Kano States Emirates Council Law, 2019, or taking any steps whatsoever under the Law without consultation with the applicants pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice

“That the matter is hereby adjourned to December 17th, 2019 for hearing of the motion on notice,” the order read.