Court Declares Creation Of New Emirates In Kano Null And Void
Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

The appointments and installations of four new emirs by the Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration in Kano State have been declared as “null and void” by a Kano State High Court.

The court ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against their appointments.

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Counsel to the plaintiff, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud (SAN), told journalists that by the pronouncement of the court Emir Muhammad Sanusi remains the only recognized emir in Kano.

Ganduje had last week signed into law a bill to balkanize the Kano Emirate and created four new emirates – Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi – which enjoyed an unusual fast passage by the state House of Assembly.

Many saw the creation as a move to whittle Emir Sanusi’s status as the only first-class traditional ruler in the state.

The emirs were installed by Ganduje at the weekend following the balkanisation of the centuries-old emirate.

Ganduje was accused of carrying out a personal vendetta against the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II in order to whittle down his influence in one of Nigeria’s oldest traditional institutions.

But the governor insisted the future of the state was taken into consideration before Kano Emirate was divided into five smaller units.

“For easier local administration as Kano state moves in a new direction to deliver community-based growth, we have decided to create 4 new Emirates for our great state,” Ganduje said on May 10.