CJN Summons Kano Chief Judge, Federal Judge Over Conflicting Orders on Kano Emirate

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and the Chief Judge of Kano State High Court to address conflicting interim injunctions regarding the Kano Emirate, causing uncertainty in the state.

The Federal High Court in Kano, presided over by Justice S. A. Amobeda, issued an order for the eviction of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace, reinforcing the authority of the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero. 

The court granted an interim injunction restraining respondents from infringing on Emir Aminu Bayero's rights, ensuring he enjoys all privileges accrued to him by virtue of his position.

In contrast, the Kano State High Court, under the jurisdiction of Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu, issued an injunction to protect Muhammadu Sunusi and other key figures from potential harassment by state authorities. This order prevents any interference with the Emir's autonomy and the seizure of key symbols of his authority, such as the twin spear, the Royal Hat of Dabo, and the Ostrich-feathered shoes.

The conflicting orders have led to uncertainty in the state, prompting the CJN to summon the chief judges to resolve the matter and ensure the stability of the judicial system.

Justice Aliyu for instance, had emphasised, “An order of interim injunction is granted restraining the Respondents from harassing or intimidating the Applicants or confiscating any symbols of the Emir’s authority.”

She further added, “The respondents are ordered to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

These conflicting orders have led to significant confusion regarding the rightful authority and protection of the emirs in Kano. 

The State High Court’s case is set for further hearing on June 13, while the Federal High Court has adjourned its case to June 4.
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