A Kano High Court presided over by Justice Nasiru Saminu has ordered Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi ll to maintain status quo in respect of the interim order issued against the governor on May 10.
Saminu gave the order pending the hearing of motion on notice, saying the appointment and installations were illegal.
The court also ruled that the order issued on May 10, restraining the Kano state government from creating four new emirates in the state, subsisted pending the determination of the motion.
The court, had, through the ex-parte application by the applicant; Rabiu Gwarzo restrained Ganduje and all other respondents in the case from appointing or recognising any purported emir under the Kano state Emirs Appointment and Disposition Amendment Law 2019, pending the hearing of motion on notice.
Earlier, counsel to the applicant, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, informed the court that the respondents had not complied with the court order earlier issued.
He explained that the appointment and presentation of staff of office to the four new emirs were made on May 13 and May 14 after they were restrained on May 10.
Mahmoud said obeying court orders was the duty and obligations upon all respondents.
However, in his response, counsel to Ganduje and the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ibrahim Mukthar, said the purported appointment and recognition of four new emirates were completed actions by the governor and all the respondents.
He argued that the processes of amending the emirs’ appointment law, gazetting it and assenting to it were all done before the restraining order was issued against the respondents.
The commissioner also argued that the court lacked the legal power to reverse any completed action.