High court restrains El-Rufai on sack of district, village heads
A high Court of Justice in Kafanchan yesterday granted an interim injunction restraining Governor Nasir el-Rufai and the state House of Assembly from implementing the order to remove some traditional rulers from their positions.
El-Rufai, the Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Adara Traditional Council, Gbagyi Traditional Council and the state Attorney General or their agents were also restrained from sacking the district and village heads.
The court also ordered the governor and his subordinates from acting on the directives of the third defendants to the fifth and sixth defendants.In the letter, the first, third and fourth defendants and respondents had directed the fifth and sixth defendants to fill the offices of district and village heads pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice.
Justice S.S. Dada explained that an order of interim injunction “is also granted restraining the defendants from doing anything that may be prejudicial to the plaintiffs’ continued occupation of their offices pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
Besides, plaintiffs in the suit marked KDH/KAF/107/2017- Stephen Gimba, Gajere Dantawaye, Ishaku Yari and Gambo Yaro who had prayed “for an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents or their agents, servants and privies from acting on the directives of the third defendants letter to the fifth and sixth defendants dated June 12, 2017.
The plaintiffs also prayed for an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents from doing anything prejudicial to the plaintiffs continued occupation of their offices pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice and such orders as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstance.
Justice Dada, whose restraining order was also signed by the Assistant Chief Registrar, Esther Yayit and dated June 20, 2017 was based on the presentation of the Applicants Counsel, Abdullahi Bello, with a nine-paragraph affidavit in support and five exhibits marked by the court.The case was adjourned to June 29, 2017 for hearing.
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