Kano Elders wait on the court in emirate tussle

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The Kano State High Court has fixed January 27 for hearing in the motion on notice filed by some Kano Elders seeking an order to stop the implementation of a new law creating four new emirates.

The suit, filed by Alhaji Bashir Usman-Tofa and 19 others, is challenging the law that created four new first class emirates.

The defendants in the suit are the governor of Kano State, speaker, Kano House of Assembly, Kano State House of Assembly, attorney-general of Kano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila, Ibrahim Abdulkadir-Gaya, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II, Aminu Ado-Bayero, and Kano Emirate Council.

Justice Nura Sagir fixed the date after counsel to the plaintiffs, A.B Mahmoud, SAN, prayed the court for an adjournment because the respondents served them their preliminary objections on Tuesday, January 7 by 6.30pm.

“Why will the respondents serve us very late when they filed their preliminary objections on December 31, 2019?

“A lawyer is to promote the administration of justice. I am upset with the way the respondents are delaying the proceedings.”

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Kano State Attorney-General and counsel to the respondents, Mr Ibrahim Mukhtar apologised to the court for not serving their response on time.

“It was not intentional. It happened out of pressure. I urge the court to please accept my apologies,” he said.

The plaintiffs, under ”Kano Elders” in their suit, prayed for an interlocutory injunction restraining the respondents or privies from further giving effect to the purported Kano State Emirates Council law 2019 pending hearing in the motion on notice.

They prayed the court to restrain the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eight respondents from convening the councils of chief or taking any steps.

They further prayed the court to restrain the Kano State governor and his privies from continuing to give recognition or any decision in any way to the Emirs of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye.