Court postpones ruling on Kano Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has deferred its ruling on the legality of the Kano Emirates Council Repeal Law 2024 to later today, following a motion for a stay of proceedings.

Originally scheduled for noon, the judgment was rescheduled to 2 pm, as communicated by the court clerk to all parties involved in the case.

The law, enacted by the Kano State House of Assembly on May 23 and promptly signed into effect by Governor Abba Yusuf, led to the removal of Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano.

Additionally, it reversed the establishment of four emirates—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya—previously created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2020.

The legal challenge against this law was brought by Sarkin Dawaki Babba, Aminu Danagundi, represented by Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), who seeks to declare the law null and void.

Last Friday, Justice Abdullahi Liman heard arguments on the motion and adjourned the ruling to today. During the session, counsel to the Kano State House of Assembly and its speaker, Eyitayo Fatogun (SAN), informed the court about a notice of appeal filed at the Court of Appeal requesting a stay of proceedings.

However, Justice Liman pointed out that no formal application or evidence of the appeal’s entry had been presented.

The postponement underscores the complexity and significance of the case, which continues to attract attention due to its implications for traditional governance and legal precedent in Kano State.

The court session at 2 pm is expected to address both the motion for a stay of proceedings and the substantive issue of the law’s validity, potentially shaping the future of Kano’s traditional institutions.

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