Update On Emirate Tussle: Court To Rule On Jurisdiction June 13

Justice MT Liman of Federal High Court, Kano on Thursday fixed June 13th to delivered ruling on weather it has jurisdiction to entertain the reinstatement of Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Fulani emir of Kano by by the Kano State Government.

The lawsuit, filed by Aminu Babba Dan’agundi—a title holder and senior counsellor in the Kano emirate, challenges the repeal of the 2019 Emirate Council Law by the Kano State House of Assembly.

Aminu Babba Dan’agundi, represented by Barrister M. S. Waziri, argues that the repeal of the 2019 law unlawfully stripped both the Emirate Council and the plaintiff of their powers.

On the other hand, the defence, led by Barrister Mahmud Abubakar Magaji, contends that the plaintiff did not follow the proper procedure when filing the case.

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According to him, the suit was disguised as a fundamental rights violation, and the 2019 law was no longer in effect when the case was filed due to the 2024 repeal.

Additionally, the defence argued that the court lacks jurisdiction since the law in question had already been enacted.

During the session, both parties presented their arguments before Justice Liman. The central issue debated was whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

The court then requested written submissions from both sides and will review these documents before rendering a decision on June 13.

The legal battle is part of a larger crisis revolving around over a thousand years Kano emirship that was fragmented by the last administration of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

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