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Kano emirate tussle: NBA slams federal, high courts judges over conflicting judgments

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The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Yakubu Maikyau, (SAN), has stated that the conduct of counsel and the Courts in the handling of the proceedings which culminated in the orders issued by the Federal High Court, the Kano State High Court, and again the Federal High Court, in circus, have brought utter disgrace and shame to the profession.

 A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, NBA, Akorede Lawal on Wednesday, said the actions of the courts have exposed the entire legal profession in Nigeria to public ridicule and opprobrium.

The NBA president called on the respective heads of the Courts of the Judges concerned, to take immediate steps to look into their conduct with the view to finding any possible abuse of their judicial offices and file a report with the National Judicial Council for necessary action.


“The damage would take the legal profession a long time to recover from. It is unfortunate and was uncalled for.

“Without prejudice to the subsisting actions before both the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court, it is my considered view that there is an urgent need to scrutinise the professional conducts of both Counsel and the Judges involved in these matters.

“This is to enable the relevant bodies or institutions to determine their culpability or, otherwise, from an ethical and professional standpoint,” Maikyau said.

 As regards the lawyers involved, the NBA President said that the NBA will investigate the conducts of the counsel involved in these cases and shall not hesitate to commence disciplinary action against them before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, should there be any finding of alleged professional misconduct against them.


The Chairman of the NBA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee has accordingly been directed to invite these counsel for preliminary investigations.


In a twist the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court, on Tuesday, issued conflicting interim injunctions regarding the Kano Emirate, escalating tensions and uncertainty in the state.


 The Federal High Court in Kano, presided over by Justice S. A. Amobeda, issued an order for the eviction of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace, reinforcing the authority of the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero.


“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,” stated Justice Amobeda.

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


On the other hand, the Kano State High Court, under the jurisdiction of Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu, issued an injunction to protect Muhammadu Sunusi and other key figures from potential harassment by state authorities.


This 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.


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