Kano Emirate tussle: ‘Sanusi remains Emir; court didn’t annul Bayero’s removal’ – Govt.

Kano emirate tussle

…”Police won’t evict deposed Emir” – CP 

Kano State Government has said that the ruling of the Federal High Court in the State legitimizes its decision on the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Law, 2024, and shows it acted in good faith.

Addressing newsmen on Thursday, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Haruna Isa Dederi, said the court ruling upholds the rule of law and reaffirms the actions of the government.

Dederi, who spoke at the government house after the court ruling, said the court verdicts unambiguously validated the law passed by the Kano State House of Assembly.

He noted that the ruling is vital to the emirship impasse, adding that all actions of the government before interim order remain legal.

“By the ruling of the court, it has unequivocally reaffirmed the validity of the law passed by Kano State House of Assembly and assented to by His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State on Thursday 23rd May, 2024 by 5:10 pm.

“This part of the judgement is very fundamental to the entire matter. Further implication of the ruling is that all actions done by the government before the emergence of the interim order of the honorable court, are equally validated.

“This means that, the abolishing of the five emirates created in 2019 is validated and the deposition of the five emirs is also sustained by the Federal High Court.

“By implication, this means that Muhammadu Sanusi II remains the Emir of Kano. The judge also granted our application for the stay of proceedings until the Court of Appeal deals with the appeal before it on jurisdiction.

“Happily, the signing of the law and the reinstatement of His Highness, Emir Muhamamd Sunusi II were done on 23rd May, 2024 before the emergence of the Interim Order which was served on us on Monday 27th May, 2024”.

In the same vein, the State government has ordered the demolition of the mini-palace at Nasarawa local government where the dethroned Emir resides.

Police commissioner

Meanwhile, Kano State Police Commissioner, AIG Usaini Gumel, has given reasons why the Police ignored Gov. Yusuf’s directive on the eviction of deposed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero.

Recall that Yusuf had on Thursday night, through the State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, directed the CP to remove the deposed 15 Emir of Kano from the Nasarawa mini-palace where he is staying.

Speaking with newsmen yesterday, the Police Commissioner said obeying the Governor’s eviction order would be tantamount to “jumping the gun”.

According to him, the same Government that gave the order had filed a case at the State High Court on the eviction order, which would come up on Monday, 24th June 2024.

“The Police will not evict the deposed Emir, because the same Government has filed a case at the State High Court on the eviction order, which would come up on Monday, 24th June 2024.

“The Government is jumping the gun; because the same government has filed a case on the eviction order, which is coming up on the 24th of June, 2024. So, if we carry out the order, it is like we are pre-empting the court; because we don’t know what will happen at the court”, he added.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed-up around the Nasarawa mini-palace where the deposed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero is currently staying. VoL correspondent who visited the mini palace around 11:30 am reports that more security personnel have been deployed to the place in addition to the ones on the ground.

It was observed that all four major routes leading to the mini-palace had been blocked by security personnel, as the Police had yet to remove the deposed Emir as directed by Governor Yusuf.

However, while the CP had yet to comply with the Governor’s directive, the deposed Emir was still in the mini-palace with his retinue of palace guards and other supporters.

One of his (Bayero’s) supporters, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told newsmen  that Bayero was still in the mini-palace receiving the “traditional greetings” from some traditional rulers loyal to him. “Let me tell you, Emir Aminu Ado Bayero is still in the mini-palace; and as I am talking to you now, he is receiving the ‘traditional greetings’ from those loyal to him”, the source said.

He debunked the rumours being peddled in some quarters that a bulldozer has been stationed at the palace in readiness for the demolition of the place, calling it a social media propaganda.

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