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Nigerians react to Kano court’s decision on Ganduje’s appointment of new emirs

Nigerians on social media have reacted to the declaration by a Kano State High Court voiding the appointment of new Emirs by the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

DAILY POST had reported that a Kano State High Court Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by Ganduje as null and void.

Justice Nasiru Saminu gave the ruling following a suit by the plaintiff, Hon. Sule Gwarzo, against the Governor and the state government, for splitting the emirate.

It ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.

On Tuesday, kingmakers in the Kano emirate filed a similar case.

In the suit with number K/197/2019 filed on Tuesday at a State High Court, Ganduje, the State House of Assembly, Attorney-General of the state and five others were listed as the defendants.

The kingmakers — Yusuf Nabahani (Madakin Kano), Abdullahi Sarki Ibrahim (Makaman Kano), Bello Abubakar (Sarkin Dawaki man Tuta) and Mukhtari Adnan (Sarikin Ban Kano) — were listed as first, second, third and fourth plaintiffs respectively.

They insisted that Ganduje’s assent to the bill breaking up the emirate, was done in bad faith and the action was a desecration of centuries old tradition.

“The defendants, in purporting to amend the Emirs (Appointment and Deposition) Law, 1984 have desecrated centuries old and highly revered traditions and heritage of the people of Kano and have uprooted the Plaintiffs various traditional titles without giving a hearing to the Plaintiffs and their clans or having regards to ancestral history by hurriedly enacting the Kano State Emirs law, 2019.

“The defendants desecrated the ancestral history and all known laws connected with or pertaining to Kano Emirate’s customs and tradition by: (a) establishing Bichi Emirate comprising of 9 local governments including Dawakin Tofa and Dambatta, the ancestral homes of the 1st and 4th plaintiffs. The first plaintiffs have her been under any authority of Bichi district.

“(b) Establsihing Gaya Emirate comprising 8 local governments including Wudil and Gabasawa, the ancestral homes of the 2nd and 3rd plaintiffs,” the suit read.

Meanwhile, below are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter on the decision of the Kano court.

@adeeji1, “We don’t really care as long as they don’t push their bills for payment by the tax payers. This is the reason Nigeria is retrogressing by being held from genuine development by trivialities and personal vendetta and hatred for visionary people who could move Nigeria forward. Shame.”

@Sakariyahu10, “Court don’t make laws, they are only permitted to interpret the already made laws by legislatures, under NGR constitution GOVR have power to installed new kings as well as to fired.”

@sule_iliyasu, “I want emir sanusi to promote nasiru bayero as new Wamnban kano as urgent as possible bcs of his loyality.”

@uchaynna, “Story for the gods. These people don’t obey court order. So what will you expect.”

@sule_iliyasu, “Alhamdulillahi i want congratulate the nation judiciary for doing a wonderful job. Congratulation to Emir Sanusi Aminu Sanusi Bayero Abdullahi Maje Karofi Ibrahim Dabo.

@iAGB4REAL, “Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Dispute of the creation of new Emirates in Kano will definitely get to your desk.Take note”#kanoagainstnewemirates. I hope you do justice to the people.”

@dadiyata, “Alhamdulillahi i want congratulate the nation judiciary for doing a wonderful job. Congratulation to Emir Sanusi Aminu Sanusi Bayero Abdullahi Maje Karofi Ibrahim Dabo.”

@AmandaBrynes1, “My question is this; those turbaned, will they be “disturbarned”or what becomes their fate?

@damaj311, “Is it the court that will pay emirs’ salaries? Null and void kor, null and void ni.”

@momoh_nas, “Wt hs come over governors in Nigeria.”

@samalicopeland3, “I love this, unruly Gandodollars.”

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Teenager, man drown in Kano within hours

A teenager, Umar Murtala, on Sunday evening, drowned in a pond at Gwazaye, opposite the Abacha Youth Centre in Gwale LGA of Kano State.

Spokesman for the Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Saidu Mohammed, told the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, that 18-year-old Murtala drowned at 5pm.

“We received a distress call from one Abubakar Aliyu at 5pm that Murtala’s body was found floating in a pond.

“On receiving the information, we sent our rescue team to the scene at 5:15pm.

“The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

“Murtala was found dead and his corpse was later handed over to his father, Alhaji Murtala Salisu,’’ the spokesman said.

In another development, the fire service spokesman added that 20-year-old Mohammed Shaharali drowned when he fell into an open pool of water on Sunday morning at Ladanai in Nasarawa LGA of Kano State.

The spokesman said that the service received a call from one Mr Ishaiaku Yaro, at 9:22am who said that a body was found floating on the water.

“Upon receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our rescue team to the scene at 9:30am.” he said.

According to him, the deceased was rescued unconscious but later confirmed dead.

The spokesman said that his remains were handed to the Head of Hotoron Arewa Central Ward, Alhaji Murtala Mohammed.

He advised the general public to be careful while bathing in pools, ponds and other sources of water.

NAN reports that there have been increased cases of drowning since the commencement of the heat season in Kano about a month ago.

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Kaduna: ECWA pastor, daughter, 16 others kidnapped

A senior Pastor of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Dankade, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, Rev. Zakariah Ido has been kidnapped.

The Nation reports that the Pastor and 16 others, among whom were his daughter and son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church, were seized by gunmen within the church premises during service on Sunday.

Zaria DCC Secretary of the church, Rev Nath Waziri said “It is sad to inform you that one of our pastors, his daughter and 15 other members of ECWA Church Dankade were kidnapped in the early hours of today.

“The church hosted a combined choir fellowship Saturday night to early hours of today. Then, this morning (Sunday), kidnappers stormed the church, when the gunmen came, they asked everyone in the church to surrender his or her phones and demanded the whereabouts of the pastor.

“After threatening the choristers they became afraid and showed them the pastor’s home. They took him away and his daughter with 15 others, including the son of the pastor of Assemblies of God Church.”

He added that as at 10 p.m. on Sunday, no contact has been established with the kidnappers.

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Kwara: Gov. Ahmed speaks on ‘moving’ State-owned property out of Government House

The Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed-led Kwara State Government has denied moving State-owned property out of the Government House.

The Government, in a statement to DAILY POST on Monday, dismissed the story making the rounds in some quarters as false news.

It was reported that Gov Ahmed and some other government officials in the Government House, Ilorin were moving government property just few days to the end of their tenure.

However, in a brief statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Dr Muyideen Akorede, the government said what was being erroneously circulated were images of a truck load of charity (Zakat) items provided by Alhaji Aliko Dangote through his foundation which were being taken out of government house for distribution to people in keeping with the annual practice.

The statement added, “Clearly, those were not government property. For the record, all government property inside government house are bar-coded and contained in an inventory which will be handed over to the incoming government.”

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