Court invalidates reinstatement of Sanusi in Kano Emirate dispute


A Federal High Court in Kano has declared the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano null and void.

In a stunning decision, the court has invalidated all actions that were taken following the highly disputed reinstatement.

In a significant ruling, Justice Abdullahi Liman declared that all actions taken by the government have been rendered null and invalid. However, it is important to note that this ruling does not impact the validity of the repealed Emirates Law or the governor’s actions, such as assenting to the law and reappointing Sanusi.

After carefully reviewing the audio recordings of the governor’s statements in both Hausa and English, it is clear that the respondents are fully aware of the court’s order to maintain the status quo until the motions on notice are heard and determined.

After confirming that the respondents are aware of the court order, the court, using its powers, has decided to nullify an action that violates the court’s order. It is a grave matter when someone disregards the court’s orders and faces no consequences.

In a statement, he emphasized that if the respondents had simply followed the court order, the catastrophic situation could have been avoided. He pointed out that complying with the order would have still allowed them to carry out their assignments.

He pointed out that the respondents made decisions based on their personal preferences, which ultimately led to a significant predicament.