Sanusi: Court voids sacking of Ado Bayero, orders status quo

A Federal High Court in Kano has annulled all actions taken by the Kano State government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law.

This ruling affects the legislative and executive steps taken by the Kano House of Assembly and Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf.

The Kano House of Assembly had repealed the law, leading Governor Yusuf to dethrone Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the Emir of Kano.

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Additionally, the governor reversed the creation of four new emirates—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya—and dismissed the Emirs appointed by his predecessor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The repealed law had also been used to reappoint Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was dethroned by Ganduje in 2020, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

Aminu Babba Danagundi, a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate and the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, challenged the validity of the law.

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Represented by his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), Danagundi sought the court’s declaration that the law was null and void.

In his Thursday ruling, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman invalidated the actions of the Kano State government and ordered all parties to maintain the status quo.


This is a developing story.

Samuel Bolaji

Samuel Bolaji holds a Master of Letters in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an experienced researcher, multimedia journalist, writer, and Editor. He is currently the Editor of Arbiterz.

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