Kano Emirate Tussle: Court reserves judgment in Emir Bayero’s rights suit

A Federal High Court in Kano has deferred judgment in the fundamental human rights case initiated by the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

This decision came after a vigorous exchange between legal representatives, with Justice Simon Amobeda presiding over the proceedings.

A motion ex parte was filed by the applicant, Ado Bayero, seeking the court’s intervention to prevent the defendants from arresting or violating his rights.

The defendants include the Attorney General of the Federation, Attorney General of Kano State, Nigeria Police Force, IGP, Commissioner of Police in Kano, DSS, NSCDC, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, and Nigerian Navy.

During the hearing on Friday, counsel to the 2nd respondent, Mahmoud Abubakar Magaji, informed the court of a preliminary objection filed on May 30th, addressing issues related to fundamental rights and the repealed law concerning the Kano emirate.

Magaji presented a counter affidavit and a written address dated May 31st, urging the court to dismiss the originating summons.

Magaji emphasized that holding the position of an emir is a privilege, not a right, highlighting that the applicant filed the application after his removal.

He argued for the dismissal of the application, stating that the applicant had acknowledged his removal without fair hearing.

Magaji also filed a motion on notice to set aside the earlier ex parte order restraining them from taking action against the applicant.

In response, the applicant’s counsel, Michael Jonathan Numa SAN, asserted the court’s jurisdiction to adjudicate on the matter concerning the fundamental rights of the applicant.

Numa presented an originating motion dated May 27, supported by an affidavit and a written address, urging the court to uphold the fundamental rights suit for the sake of justice and peace in Kano and Nigeria.

Numa informed the court of the decision to withdraw prayer one and two from their requests and urged the dismissal of the respondents’ preliminary objection.

Justice Amobeda announced that the judgment delivery date would be communicated to the parties involved.

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