Kano Emirate tussle: CJN summons judges over conflicting orders | read details


Kano Emirate tussle: CJN summons judges over conflicting orders | read details 

Following conflicting orders issued by courts on the controversy surrounding the Kano Emirate, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the chief judges of the federal high court and the Kano State high court.


This was revealed to journalists by the Director of Information of the National Judicial Council, Soji Oye, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Also, the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA demanded an investigation into the conflicting court orders on the Kano emirate throne tussle between the reinstated emir, Muhammadu Sanusi, and Ado Bayero, who was deposed by the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, last week.

The NBA President, Yakubu Maikyau, called on the respective heads of the courts to investigate the judges’ conduct and report their findings to the NJC for necessary actions.


Worried by the tension created by the judicial rulings, the Kano State Government has banned protests and public gatherings related to the emirate tussle.

In the aftermath of the removal of Bayero and the four emirs of Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye,  four contrary rulings had been handed down by three judges.

On the day of Sanusi’s reappointment, Justice Mohammed Liman of the Federal High Court, Kano, restrained the Kano State Government from implementing the new emirate law.


Governor Yusuf, however, rejected the court order, arguing that the judge who issued it was in the United States at the time.

On Monday,  Justice Amina Aliyu of the Kano State High Court issued an order restraining Bayero from parading himself as the Emir of Kano pending the determination of a suit instituted by the Attorney General of Kano State, Speaker House of Assembly and Kano State House of Assembly.

The judge also restrained the four other dethroned emirs of Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye from parading themselves as emirs pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the applicants.

The judge gave the order after hearing an ex-parte application dated May 27, 2004, filed by Ibrahim Wangida, the counsel to the applicants.

Twenty-four hours later, Justice S. Amobeda of the Federal High Court and Justice Aliyu issued two contradictory orders on the same Kano emirate tussle.

Amobeda ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, and the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Hussain Gumel, to ensure that all rights and privileges of an Emir were given Bayero.

Furthermore, he ordered the eviction of the reinstated emir, Sanusi II, from the Gidan Rumfa palace.


Aliyu on the other hand restrained the police, the Department of State Services and the Nigerian Army from evicting Sanusi from the palace.

The judge barred the respondents from “attempting to hijack” the symbols of authority meant for the Emir of Kano pending the determination of the suit.

The judge gave the interim order in a case filed by Sanusi and four Kano kingmakers.

The respondents include the Kano CP, the IG, the director of DSS, the Chief of Defence Staff, and Bayero.