A Federal High Court in Kano has rescheduled its ruling on the Council Repeal Law 2024 to 2 PM on Thursday, after initially setting it for 12 PM,Daily Trust reports.

This law was invoked by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to dethrone the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and to annul the creation of the four emirates—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya—established by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Additionally, it was used to reappoint Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

However, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba and a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, challenged the validity of this law. Through his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), he requested the court to declare the law null and void.

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Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman, who heard Danagundi’s motion last Friday, adjourned the ruling to Thursday. The judge will also rule on a motion to stay proceedings filed by A.G. Wakil, representing the State Attorney General and the Kano State Government, who are respondents in Danagundi’s suit.

This case has garnered significant public interest as it will influence the future of the ongoing emirate dispute.

The Kano State Police Command has urged the public to remain peaceful and patriotic as the court delivers its ruling. In a statement, the command’s spokesman, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, reiterated the commitment to protecting lives and property, warning against any attempts to incite violence.

“In collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, the command will strictly enforce the ban on public protests, processions, and unlawful gatherings imposed by the state government. Violators and their sponsors will face legal consequences. Adequate security personnel will be deployed to maintain law and order.

“The public is urged to cooperate with the security forces and provide actionable information to preserve peace and detect deviants. Non-state actors, including vigilantes and hunters, are advised to refrain from participating in security operations under any guise,” Kiyawa said.


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