Breaking News: Court Orders Eviction of Emir Sanusi II

by Ohepo Ohepo

KANO, NIGERIA – In a dramatic turn of events, the Federal High Court in Kano has issued an order for the eviction of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace. This comes amidst a legal battle where a State High Court has simultaneously restrained security agencies from carrying out the eviction order.

Federal High Court Ruling

On Tuesday, Justice S.A. Amobeda of the Federal High Court directed the police to ensure that all rights and privileges due to the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, be upheld, effectively recognizing him as the legitimate Emir of Kano. The court’s decision aims to maintain peace and justice within Kano State.

The Federal High Court’s order stipulates:
– An interim injunction preventing respondents from interfering with the applicant’s rights or infringing upon his use of the official residence and palace at Kofar Kudu.
– An explicit prohibition against arresting, detaining, or harassing the applicant pending the determination of the case.
– The removal of any persons residing in the palace illegally.

The court has scheduled the hearing for June 4.

State High Court Counteraction

Conversely, a State High Court sitting at Miller Road issued an injunction restraining the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the military from evicting Muhammadu Sanusi II. The case was brought forward by Sanusi and the four Kano kingmakers: Madakin Kano Yusuf Nabahani, Makaman Kano Ibrahim Sarki Abdullahi, Sarkin Bai Mansur Adnan, and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta Bello Tuta.

Justice Amina Aliyu of the State High Court granted an interim injunction preventing:
– Harassment, intimidation, or arrest of Sanusi and the kingmakers.
– Confiscation or interference with the symbols of authority, including the Royal Hat of Dabo and other traditional regalia.
– Any actions that would disrupt the functions and duties of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

The hearing for this motion is set for June 13.

Conflicting Judicial Orders

The conflicting orders from the Federal and State High Courts have created a complex legal scenario. The Federal High Court supports the recognition of Aminu Bayero as the rightful Emir, while the State High Court protects Muhammadu Sanusi II from eviction and interference.

Legal Implications and Next Steps

The legal teams for both parties are preparing for the upcoming hearings. Counsel for Muhammadu Sanusi II and the kingmakers argue that the eviction order undermines their client’s rights and traditional authority. Meanwhile, supporters of Aminu Bayero assert the legality of his position as Emir and compliance with judicial orders.

The overlapping jurisdictions and contradictory rulings underscore the intricate legal and traditional complexities involved in this high-profile dispute. The forthcoming hearings on June 4 and June 13 are expected to provide further clarity and possibly resolve the current standoff.

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