Sanusi, Bayero’s lawsuit adjourned as lawyers withdraw service   

Justice Amina Adamu-Aliyu of the Kano High Court has adjourned hearing into the state’s lawsuit, majorly involving the state government, Sausi Lamido Sanusi, and Ado Bayero.

The state governor, Abba Yusuf, had replaced Sanusi with Bayero as emir of Kano following the repeal of a chieftaincy law backing the latter’s installation.

At Thursday’s hearing of the suit, Bayero’s counsel, Abdul Muhammed, urged the court to stay proceeding pending the determination of a motion filed at the appeal court.

“It is expected that a trial court should stop the hearing on the matter pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” Muhammed said.

Opposing Muhammed’s plea, Eyitayo Fatogun, representing the state government, speaker and the state house of assembly argued that it was a ploy to delay proceedings. Hence, he urged the court to discountenance Muhammed’s request.

“The motion refers to a proposed notice of appeal not a notice of appeal. It shows that the affidavit of facts is just to delay the proceedings. My lord, the business of today is for the hearing of all pending applications,” Fatogun said.

In agreement with Fatogun, the judge ruled that Muhammed “did not disclose any special fact to warrant any stay of proceedings.”

She adjourned the case till July 18.

Before the judge pronounced the adjournment, Bayero’s counsels led by Muhammed indicated that they were withdrawing appearances in the matter.




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