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Court postpones ruling on Kano Emirate tussle

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A Federal High Court in Kano has postponed its ruling on the validity of the Kano Emirates Council Repeal Law 2024, to 2 pm today.

PUNCH Online reports that the judgment was initially set for 12 pm but was shifted before midday, which was communicated by the court clerk to all parties in the suit.

The court will also address a motion for a stay of proceedings filed by A.G. Wakil, representing the State’s Attorney General and Kano State Government, who are respondents in Danagundi’s suit.

The law, recently passed by the Kano State House of Assembly on May 23, was immediately signed into law by Governor Abba Yusuf and was used to dethrone Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and reappoint Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano.

Also, it was used to reverse the creation of four emirates—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya, established by the former governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, in 2020.

However, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, Aminu Danagundi, who was represented by Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), Danagundi, challenged the legality of the new law and asked the court to declare the law null and void.

After hearing the motion last Friday, Justice Abdullahi  Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano adjourned the ruling till this Thursday.

Counsel to the State House of Assembly and its speaker, Eyitayo Fatogun (SAN), informed the court of a notice of appeal filed at the Court of Appeal, seeking a stay proceedings.

However, Justice Liman noted that there was no evidence that the appeal had been entered nor any formal application for a stay filed.

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