Sanusi’s reinstatement: Court sets date to rule on jurisdiction

A Kano Federal High Court hearing the case against the reinstatement of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II by the Kano State Government has been fixed for June 2024 to decide whether it has the jurisdiction to continue with the matter.

Aminu Babba DanAgundi, one of the deposed Kano Emirate senior councillors, had taken the Kano State Government to court for removing him unilaterally without his consent.

Barrister M. A Waziri, counsel to the plaintiff, argued that the court has full jurisdiction to hear the case.

He noted that his client was not given fair hearing before Emir Aminu Ado Bayero was deposed, leading to his removal as senior councillor, and as such, his rights were abused

He also claimed that the processes leading to Sanusi’s reinstatement were illegal, and, as a result, null and void.

But counsel to Sanusi, Barrister Muhamud A. Magaji, urged the court to decline the temptation of accepting the plaintiff’s narrative that it has jurisdiction to continue with the case.

He argued that it was indisputable that the State House of Assembly has powers to amend, repeal, or even create a law that suits the state.

He said the House of Assembly needs not need to consult the plaintiff when making or repealing laws.

The presiding judge, Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman, said two applications were before the court: – that of jurisdiction and a motion to set aside the order stopping the reinstatement of Sanusi.

He thereafter adjourned to 13th June for ruling on whether the court has Jurisdiction to continue with the case.

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