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Kano emirate crisis: CJN summons judges over conflicting orders

Kano emirate crisis: CJN summons judges over conflicting orders

Amid the emirate tussle in Kano State, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, and the Chief Judge of Kano State High Court over conflicting interim injunctions.

Justice S.A. Amobeda of the Federal High Court in Kano had issued an order to evict the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace.

The order had enforced the authority of the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.

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“An order of interim injunction restraining the respondents from inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating, harassing the Applicant, or infringing on his rights is hereby granted.

“This order ensures that Emir Aminu Bayero enjoys all rights and privileges accrued to him by virtue of his position,” the judge ruled.

On the other hand, Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu of the Kano State High Court issued an injunction that protected Sanusi from being evicted from the palace.

Justice Aliyu also restrained security agencies from harassing Sanusi and others.

The order prevents any interference with the Emir’s autonomy and the seizure of key symbols of his authority, such as the twin spear, the Royal Hat of Dabo, and the Ostrich-feathered shoes.

Justice Aliyu emphasised, “An order of interim injunction is granted restraining the Respondents from harassing or intimidating the Applicants or confiscating any symbols of the Emir’s authority.

“The respondents are ordered to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

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The conflicting orders have led to confusion regarding the rightful authority and protection of the emirs in Kano.

The State High Court case is set for further hearing on June 13, while the Federal High Court has adjourned its case to June 4.