Failure to serve Ado-Bayero court processes stalls suit on Kano Emirship tussle

Failure to serve Ado-Bayero court processes stalls suit on Kano Emirship tussle
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The hearing in a suit on the Emiship tussle at the Kano
state high court was stalled on Tuesday by the failure of lawyers to serve
court processes on the respondents.

 

At the court session, the applicants’ lawyers said they
could not serve papers on Aminu Ado-Bayero, the 15th Emir of Kano, and four
other respondents.

 

The other respondents are Nasiru Ado-Bayero, Emir of Bichi;
Ibrahim Abubakar ll, Emir of Karaye; Kabiru Muhammad-Inuwa, Emir of Rano; and
Aliyu Ibrahim-Gaya, Emir of Gaya.

 

Abdulsalam Saleh, counsel to the inspector-general of police
(IGP), told the court that attempts to serve the first to the fifth respondent
with the court processes failed.

 

 “My lord, we filed an
affidavit of service. We have done our best to ensure service was made on all
five emirates but could not get to them,” Saleh said.

 

“There was an order from the federal high court restraining
the police from arresting, intimidating, or harassing the respondents; that was
why we could not serve them.”

 

Eyitayo Fatogun, counsel to the applicants, applied for
another date to file all necessary applications for service on the respondents.

 

The presiding judge, Amina Adamu-Aliyu, said the court order
prohibiting the arrest of the respondents is not enough to prevent the service
of documents on them.

 

“As far as the law is concerned, you are only serving them
papers; the earlier order cannot stop you,” the judge said.

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“How can you give protection to the first respondent and say
you were unable to serve him?”

 

The judge adjourned the matter until June 24 to hear the
motion on notice.

 

The applicants in the matter are the attorney-general of
Kano state, the speaker of the Kano state house of assembly and the Kano state
house of assembly.

 

The applicants are seeking a court order to restrain
Ado-Bayero and four others from parading themselves as emirs.

 

Other respondents in the suit include the IGP, the director
of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Security and Civil
Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the Nigerian Army.

 

On May 27, Adamu-Aliyu issued an order restraining Bayero
from parading himself as the Emir of Kano, pending the determination of the
suit.

 

The judge also restrained the four other emirs of the
disbanded emirates from parading themselves as monarchs in Kano.

 

On May 28, the court also restrained the police, the DSS,
and the Nigerian Army from evicting Muhammadu Sanusi II, the reinstated Emir of
Kano.

 

THE CONTROVERSY

 

Sanusi was reinstated as Emir by Abba Yusuf, governor of
Kano, at a colourful ceremony in the government house on May 24.

 

The Kano house of assembly repealed the law that Abdullahi
Ganduje, the former governor of the state, used to depose and exile Sanusi in
2020.

 

The repeal paved the way for the reinstatement of Sanusi and
the dethronement of Bayero.

 

On May 23, a federal high court in Kano ordered the state
government not to enforce the Emirate Council Repeal Law 2024.

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Bayero returned to Kano from a trip to Ogun on Saturday and
moved into a palace in Nassarawa LGA.

 

The Kano governor ordered Bayero’s arrest “for creating
tension in the state”.

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