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High Court to rule on Kano emirate tussle today

A Federal High Court in Kano will rule on whether it has jurisdiction to hear the suit on the state government’s reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano today.

Aminu Babba Danagundi, one of the deposed Kano Emirate elders, had dragged the Kano government before the Federal High Court, seeking the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

Danagundi alleged the Kano State Government violated his fundamental human rights when it removed him without his consent as Sarkin Dawaki Babba.

On resumption of hearing in the case, the issue of whether the state can reinstate a law that had earlier been repealed .

The defence counsels had argued heavily on the question of jurisdiction concerning the law that removed Aminu Bayero as the 14th Emir of Kano.

Barrister M. A. Waziri, counsel to the plaintiff, Aminu Danagundi, the deposed Sarkin Dawaki Babba, had argued that the court has complete jurisdiction to hear the case as enshrined in the relevant sections of the law protecting fundamental human rights.

He further argued that his client was not given a fair hearing before he was removed; as such, his fundamental rights was abused, and that the whole process that brought the reinstated Emir Sanusi II was faulty and null and void.

On their side, Sanusi II’s counsel, Barrister Muhamud A. Magaji, urged the court to decline any temptation to accept the plaintiff’s narrative that it has jurisdiction to continue with the case.

He argued that it is indisputable that the State House of Assembly has powers to amend, repeal, or even create a law that suits the state.

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