Kano emirate tussle: Court fixes June 13 for ruling on jurisdiction 

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has fixed June 13, 2024 to deliver ruling on jurisdiction to hear an alleged fundamental right violation to fair hearing filed by Sarkin Dawaki Babba Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan’agundi, barring the Kano state government, state House of Assembly and others from implementing and the Kano State Emirate Council Law 2024.

The Applicant had approached the Federal High Court seeking the enforcement of fundamental rights to fair hearing, alleging that he was not involved in the entire process of repealing the Kano State Emirate Council Law 2019 in his capacity as kingmaker.

Consequently, the court presided over by Justice A.M Liman, gave an interim order dated 23 May, 2024 restraining the Respondents in the case from action and ordered the  maintenance of the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The presiding judge further directed all counsels in the case to address the court on the issue of jurisdiction

When the case resumed Thursday for hearing, counsel for the respective parties extensively argued for and against the Federal High Court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.

In his submissions, Counsel to the Applicant, Barrister Muhammad Sai’d Waziri said he filed a written address, dated 6th June, 2024, insisting that the Federal High Court has jurisdiction to hear the case of alleged rights violation.

The counsel maintained that his client ought to have been involved in the  process of repealing The Kano State Emirate Council Law, 2019 in his capacity as kingmaker.

In his response, counsel to the defendants, Mahmoud Magaji, SAN, told the court that he filed his written address incompliance with the rule of the court, Thursday, urging the court to decline jurisdiction.

 Magaji argued that the issue is about the functions of Kano State House of Assembly, which constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria empowered to make Law or Repeal it pursuant to the provision of section 4 of the constitution.

The counsel further submitted that the whole issue centered around Kano State Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024.

He also said the Applicant has no relevance after the Kano State House of Assembly repealed the law and assented to by Kano state governor.