Federal, state high courts clash over Sanusi, Bayero

The Federal and the State high courts in Kano have issued clashing orders on the tussle between Sanusi Lamido Sanisu II and Aminu Ado Bayero over emir of Kano stool.

While the Federal judge, Mr. S. A. Amobeda ordered Sanusi’s eviction from the palace, based on the ex-parte motion filed by Bayero, his state counterpart, Justice Amina Aliyu restrained security agency from doing such. Sanusi and four kingmakers instigated the action at the state court.

On his orders, Justice Amobeda barred security agencies from “inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating, harassing” Bayero.

The judge equally acceded to Bayero’s request to restrain the state government and security agencies fro denying him the “use his official residence and palace at the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu as well as enjoyment of all rights and privileges.”

Bayero also got the order on the security agencies to “evict anybody residing within the palace illegally, pending the hearing and the determination of the originating summons” Justice Amobeda adjourned hearing into the matter till June 4.

On its part, Justice Aliyu agreed to restrain relevant parties from “harassing, intimidating, inviting, arresting and or invading the personal or official residence of the emir, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The judge also barred the parties from “attempting to hijack, pick, commandeer, confiscate any of twin spear of authority, the Royal Hat of Dabo, the Ostrich-feathered shoes, the knife and sword of the Emir of Kano as well as symbols of authority pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

She also barred anyone from “interfering with the functions, and duties of” Sanusi pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated May 28, 2024.. She adjourned till June 13, 2024, for hearing.

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