Kano Emirate crisis: Confusion as two courts issue conflicting orders

The ongoing crisis in Kano Emirate became even messier on Tuesday when two courts in the ancient city of Kano issued two different orders.

While the Federal High Court in Kano ordered the expulsion of the restored Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace, a State High Court also sitting in the capital restrained the police and other security agencies from carrying out the order.

The Federal Court also ordered the police to ensure that all rights and privileges due to the deposed Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, are returned to him as the rightful Emir.

The court named Emir Ado Bayero as the applicant, and the Attorney General of the Federation, the Attorney General of Kano State, the Nigeria Police, the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police Kano as respondents.

Also listed as respondents are the State Security Service, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force.

Justice SA Amobeda, who issued the ex parte order on Tuesday, stated that the order was given in the interest of justice and maintenance of peace in Kano State.

The judge issued an interim injunction restraining the suspects, whether themselves, their agents, servants, secrets or any other person or authority, from inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating the applicant , to harass, to commit robberies, to interfere with him or to visit him. to arrest or infringe the applicant’s rights or otherwise infringe or attempt to infringe the applicant’s rights, pending the hearing and decision of the Introductory Motion.”

He also issued “AN ORDER restraining the 3rd, 4th and 5th respondents and all other respondents from denying the applicant the use of his official residence and palace in the Palace of the Emir, Kofar Kudu, as well as the enjoyment of all rights and privileges granted to him. by virtue of his Emir of Kano State and to deport anyone illegally staying in the palace pending the hearing and determination of the original summons.

The matter has been adjourned to June 4 for hearing.

However, the State High Court at Miller Road has issued an order restraining the Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigerian Army from deporting the restored Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The case was filed by Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II before the four kingmakers of Kano: Madakin Kano Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano Ibrahim Sarki Abdullahi; Sarkin Bai Mansur Adnan and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta Bello Tuta.

The presiding judge, Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu, also stopped security forces from arresting or harassing the Emir and his kingmakers.

The judge ruled “that an interim injunction is hereby issued restraining the suspects, whether themselves, their agents, insiders, representatives and assigns, from further harassing, intimidating, inviting, arrest and/or enter. Gidan Rumfa), his servants and/or any of the kingmakers of the Kano Emirate, or do any act likely to interfere with the rights of the applicants generally in relation to this suit, pending the hearing and determination of the request with notice.”

The judge also issued an interim injunction “restraining the suspects from attempting to steal one of the two spears of authority, the royal hat of Dabo, the shoes with ostrich feathers, the knife and sword of the Emir of Kano, as well as symbols of authority pending the hearing and determination of the motion with notice.”

He also restrained the respondents from “interfering with the functions and duties of the first applicant as Emir of Kano pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated May 28, 2024.”

The request for termination has been postponed at the hearing until June 13, 2024.

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