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Court lifts order halting recognition of new Kano emirs

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A Kano State High Court yesterday dismissed an application by Kano Kingmakers seeking to prevent further recognition of the newly established emirate councils in the state.

Besides, the court overruled the interim motion granted the applicants, which stopped the four first class emirs from executing any function as stipulated by the law establishing the new emirates.

Justice Ahmad Tijani Gbadamasi stepped down the motion while pledging to ensure an accelerated hearing on the substantive suit.In their writ of summons, counsel to the applicants, Suraj Saida (SAN), urged the court to discountenance the appointment and deposition of emirate council law 2019.

In a 29-paragraph affidavit, Saida also asked the court to refuse any act or instrument that would stop the traditional role of the four-instituted Kano Emirate Kingmakers from discharging their roles.

But in a counter affidavit, counsel to the defendants, Ibrahim Muktar, challenged the prayers of the applicants, insisting that the process of inaugurating the new emirs had been competed.

The former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state contended that none of the defendants were properly served notice on the motion. He, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s application for lack of merit.

The court had earlier granted an exparte order directing the Kano State governor, Speaker of the state House of Assembly and six other defendants to maintain the status quo until the determination of the substantive suit.

The state governments had inaugurated the new emirate councils with first class status following the passage of the appointment and deposition of emirate council law 2019 by the state House of Assembly, which Governor Abdullahi Ganduje assented to.

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