Court warns Kaduna govt, El-Rufa’i, Emir Bamalli on Zazzau throne

The Kaduna State High Court, Dogarawa, in Zaria, Kaduna state, has ordered the state government, Gov. Nasir el’Rufa’i and Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli to refrain from the Emir of Zazzau stool.

El-Rufa’i appointed the former Nigerian Ambassador to Thailand after jettisoning the three names submitted to him by the kingmakers.

Justice Kabiru Dabo yesterday heard the motion by Bashir Aminu, the Iyan Zazzau, whereby the applicant sought an injunction to restrain the Bamalli from assuming the position of the Emir of Zazzau. Aminu also prayed the court to stop el-Rufa’i from presenting the staff of office to Bamalli.

Kaduna State Director of Civil Litigation, Sanusi Usman, told the judge that not all the defendants had been served with court papers. Also, at the court proceedings, there was a conflict of representation between the state government counsel and that of the kingmakers, Barr. Yemi Adekunle, who claimed he was representing three of the five kingmakers, Ibrahim Aminu (Wazirin Zazzau), Dalhatu Ƙasimu (Limamin Juma’a) and Muhammad Aliyu (Limamin Kona). The trio, among the defendants in the suit, applied that the court has no jurisdiction to try the matter and are not ready to go on.

Justice Dabo denied their application as well as the request for an adjournment until November 9, 2020. This means Bamalli must not be regarded to as the Emir of Zazzau and should not appear in public as such in the interim.

The judge adjourned until November 2, and ruled that status quo be maintained.

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