Conflicting court orders trail Kano Emirate tussle over Sanusi, Bayero

A Kano High Court,  sitting at Miller Road, has restrained the police, the Department of State Service, DSS, and the Nigerian military from forcibly removing the reinstated Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

This came on a day a Federal High Court sitting in Kano ordered the eviction of Sanusi II from the palace, following a suit by the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero.

Trial judge in the matter at the Kano High Court is Justice Aminu Aliyu, while that at the Federal High Court is Justice S.  Amobeda.

The Kano High Court suit action was initiated by Sanusi, in conjunction with the four traditional kingmakers of Kano: Madakin Kano  Nabahani, Makaman Kano Ibrahim  Abdullahi, Sarkin Bai Adnan, and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta Tuta.

Aminu Bayero

Justice Aliyu, in granting the order, also barred the security agencies from arresting or harassing the Emir and his kingmakers.

The judge held, “An interim injunction is hereby granted, restraining the Respondents themselves, their agents, representatives, and assigns from further harassing, intimidating, inviting, arresting, or invading the personal or official residences of the applicants (Gidan Rumfa), their attendants, or any of the Kano Emirate kingmakers, engaging in actions that could impede the applicants’ rights generally in relation to this litigation pending the hearing and resolution of the motion on notice.

“Furthermore, an interim injunction is granted, preventing the respondents from attempting to seize, appropriate, or confiscate any regalia of authority, such as the twin spear of authority, the Royal Hat of Dabo, the Ostrich-feathered shoes, the knife and sword of the Emir of Kano, and other symbols of his office, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

Meanwhile, Justice Amobeda, ordered, “An order of interim injunction restraining the respondents either by themselves, their agents, servants, privies or any other person or authority from inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating, harassing the applicant, raiding, tempering with or visiting the applicant’s in order to arrest or infringe on his right or in any other way infringe or attempt to infringe the Applicant’s rights pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.

“An order restraining the 3rd, 4th and 5th respondents and all other respondents from denying the applicant to use his official residence and palace at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu as well as enjoy all rights and privileges accrued to him by virtue of being emir of Kano State and to evicting anything, anybody residing within the palace illegally pending the hearing and the determination of the originating summon.”

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