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Hearing in Kano Emirship tussle stalled

Lack of Service of court processes on Tuesday stalled hearing in the Kano emirship tussle instituted by the Kano State Government at the state high…

Lack of Service of court processes on Tuesday stalled hearing in the Kano emirship tussle instituted by the Kano State Government at the state high court.

The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, was unable to serve the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado-Bayero and four others the court papers.

The applicants in the matter are the Attorney General of Kano State, Speaker Kano State House of Assembly and Kano State House of Assembly.

Counsel for the applicants, Ibrahim Isah-Wangida Esq, filed a motion exparte dated May 27, 2024, seeking the court to restrain Aminu Ado-Bayero, and four other dethroned emirs of Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye from parading themselves as emirs.

The respondents are: Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero(Kano) Alhaji Nasiru Ado-Bayero (Bichi) Dr Ibrahim Abubakar ll (Karaye), Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad-Inuwa (Rano) and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya (Gaya).

Others are the Inspector-General of Police, Director of the State Security Service, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigeria Army.

When the case came up for hearing, counsel for the Inspector-General of Police, Abdulsalam Saleh, told the court that all attempts made to serve the first to the 5th respondents failed.

“My lord we filed an affidavit of service. We have done our best to ensure service was made on all the five emirates but could not get to them.

“There was an order from the Federal High Court restraining the police from arresting, intimidating or harassing the respondents that was why we could not serve them,” Saleh said.

Counsel for the applicants, Eyitayo Fatogun (SAN), applied for another date to enable them file all necessary applications for service on the respondents.

Justice Amina Adamu-Aliyu held that, “The 6th respondent could not have refused to serve the respondents because there was an order stopping them from arresting or intimidating the five emirates.

“As far as the law is concerned, you are only serving them papers, the earlier order can not stop you. How can you give protection to the first respondent and say you were unable to serve him?”

She adjourned the matter to June 24, for hearing in the motion on notice.

Daily Trust reports that the court had on May 27, granted an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th respondents by themselves, servants, privies, from parading themselves as Emirs in the interest of peace in Kano.

The court also ordered that the five dethroned emirs be served through the office of the Kano Commissioner of Police.

Daily Trust reports that the house of assembly on May 23, passed Kano emirates council (repeal) bill and assented to it by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf effectively dissolving all the four newly created by the repealed law.

The governor then announced reinstatement of Lamido Sanusi, as the Emir of Kano.

Aminu Ado Bayero had returned to Kano on Saturday, May 25 and has been holding court at the Nasarawa mini palace since then.

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