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Court Awards N10 Million Damages to Dethroned Emir of Kano, Bayero




The Federal High Court in Kano has ruled in favor of the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, awarding him N10 million in damages for the violation of his fundamental rights and freedom of movement.


Justice Simon Amobeda declared that Bayero’s arrest without lawful justification was unjustified.


Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf had dethroned Bayero and reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir, leading to Bayero’s legal challenge.


The court upheld Bayero’s right to move freely and live in Kano or elsewhere in Nigeria but did not order Sanusi II’s eviction from the palace.


Counsel for Bayero, Abdulrazaq Ahmad, hailed the judgment as a vindication, while counsel for the Kano State government and Sanusi II, Ibrahim Isa Wangida, saw it as a victory for their clients, but may appeal the damages award.


The court’s decision restrains the state government and security agencies from further breaching Bayero’s rights.


Alaafin Throne: Court Grants EFCC’s Application To Probe Oyo Kingmakers Over Bribery Allegation



A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan on Friday dismissed an application filed by five Oyo kingmakers to restrain the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from probing them.


Counsel to the Oyo State government, Mr N.A. Abiola has told the court to reject the kingmakers’ application because they were merely based on assumption.


In five separate judgments, Justice Ekerete Akpan held that it was impossible to restrain the EFCC from carrying out its constitutional duty which was an investigation of suspected financial crime.


Akpan added that mere interpretation of EFCC’s intention especially as it bordered on an ₦15 million bribery allegation when the anti-graft body invited the applicants for interrogation did not amount to harassment.


He, therefore, dismissed the application on grounds of incompetence.


Counsel to the applicants, I.B. Olayinka had in five separate applications prayed the court to declare as unfair and unjust EFCC’s ceaseless attempt to arrest and investigate his clients over the alleged collection of cash gifts by the kingmakers.


He added that the action of the Oyo State government which is the second respondent in the case who requested the EFCC to investigate the kingmakers was a clear case of witch-hunt of his clients.


“Just imagine my lord, the kingmakers completed their assignment of choosing the next successor to the throne on Sept. 22 2022 and a year after, the state government became dissatisfied, faulting the process,” Olayinka said.


Counsel to the EFCC, Mr S.M. Galadanci had told the court to discountenance Olayinka’s submissions because two of the kingmakers; Asimiyu Atanda and Lamidi Oyewale graciously honoured the EFCC invitation and provided very useful information.


Galadanchi argued that the two chiefs stated that the kingmakers arrived at a consensus on who the next Alaafin would be after one of the candidates to the throne known as Lukman Gbadegesin allegedly offered each of them ₦15 million.


He further said that others declined to honour the invitation, adding that those who were in EFCC’s office returned home without any problem.


Also, counsel to the Oyo State government, Mr N.A. Abiola told the court to reject the kingmakers’ application because they were merely based on assumption.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf Ayoola, (Basorun), Lamidi Oyewale (Sanu), Asimiyu Atanda (Agbaakin), Hamzat Yusuf (Akinniku) and Wakeel Oyedapo have for about two years been engulfed in a feud with the Oyo State government over corruption allegation levelled against them in respect of the selection of the Alaafin of Oyo.



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Emirate Tussle: Court Adjourns Kano Govt Case Against Ado Bayero, Others





The Kano State High Court has decided to postpone the hearing regarding the state government’s request to prevent Aminu Ado Bayero and four others from ‘parading’ themselves as Emirs.


Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu has ordered the adjournment of the case to July 2, 2024, for the upcoming hearing.


A Federal High Court in the state had invalidated all measures taken by the state government to revoke the Kano Emirates Council Law 2024.


Originally, the Kano House of Assembly repealed the law, prompting Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf to enforce it by deposing Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the Emir of Kano.


Furthermore, the governor annulled the establishment of four additional emirates—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya—that were established by his predecessor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.


The law was utilized to reinstate Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was deposed by Ganduje in 2020, as the Emir of Kano.


Nevertheless, Aminu Babba Danagundi, a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate known as Sarkin Dawaki Babba, contested the legality of the law.



Through his legal representative, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), he urged the court to declare the law invalid.


In a ruling issued last Thursday, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman overturned the actions of the Kano government and instructed all parties to maintain the previous state of affairs.

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Emir Sanusi: I Don’t Care If I’m Removed Again





Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken out about the controversies surrounding his removal and reinstatement.


In an interview, he discussed the history of the Kano Emirate, the reasons behind his unpopularity with the past administration, and the role of traditional institutions in Nigeria.


Sanusi described the creation of new emirates by the previous government as an “assault on a system” that divided the people of Kano.


He emphasized that the Kano Emirate has existed for over 1000 years and that the creation of new emirates was done without consideration for history or tradition.


The Emir also addressed the issue of kingmakers, stating that the previous government’s creation of a new kingmaker position was unconstitutional and went against the tradition of the four kingmaker families who have historically chosen the emir.


Sanusi expressed gratitude to the current government for restoring the original order and emphasized that his focus is on preserving the history and custom of the emirate, rather than personal interests.


When asked why he did not challenge his removal in court, Sanusi explained that he did not want to engage in a lengthy legal battle that would have kept him away from his duties as emir. Instead, he chose to focus on his personal development, completing a PhD thesis on the codification of Islamic Family Law.


Sanusi plans to leverage his experience and knowledge to move the emirate forward, emphasizing the importance of education and economic empowerment for women and children. He praised the current government’s efforts to prioritize education and provide opportunities for girls to attend school.

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