CJN Summons Chief Judges Over Kano Emirate Dispute

By Lami Victor, KADUNA

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has called for a meeting with the Chief Judges of the Federal High Court and the Kano State High Court in response to recent legal conflicts involving the Kano Emirate.

This action follows the issuance of conflicting interim injunctions by the two courts, which have caused confusion and heightened tensions in the state. 

The CJN’s intervention aims to address these legal and political disputes and restore order.

The central issue revolves around the status and authority within the Kano Emirate, resulting in varying court orders that have complicated the situation. 

These conflicting rulings have intensified the ongoing disputes, prompting the CJN to step in.

In his summons on Wednesday, Justice Ariwoola emphasised the need for judicial coordination and the judiciary’s responsibility to present a unified front, especially in cases of significant public interest. 

He stated, “The upcoming meeting with the chief judges aims to clarify jurisdictional boundaries and prevent future occurrences of conflicting judicial orders.”

The situation in Kano has garnered national attention, with many stakeholders urging a swift resolution. 

This urgency follows the state government’s decision to remove Emir Ado Bayero and reinstate Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II.

Recent reports indicated a heavy presence of security personnel, including police, soldiers, and officials from the Department of State Services, at the Gidan Sarki Nasarawa, the residence of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, on Saturday. 

Correspondents also observed soldiers at the residence of the current Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, the Kano State Government House, and other strategic locations in the metropolis as part of efforts to bolster security amid the emirate’s power struggle.

This development follows a new law repealing the four emirates created by former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. 

Subsequently, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano installed Sanusi as the 16th Emir of the state.

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