A Kano State high court Wednesday declared the appointment and the installation of four new emirs by the Kano State government as null and void.
It ordered a return to status quo pending the hearing of the suit against the appointment of the emirs.
In a stunning move that has rocked the ancient city, Governor Umaru Ganduje at the weekend swore in four emirs for the new emirates he created from the old Kano emirate.
The speedy passage of the bill at the state assembly led many to suggest Ganduje was accused of carrying out a personal vendetta against the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II in order to whittle down his influence in one of Nigeria’s oldest traditional institutions.
But the governor insisted the future of the state was taken into consideration before Kano Emirate was divided into five smaller units.
He then signed the Kano State Emirs Appointment and Deposition Amendment 2019 into law last Thursday and the emirs were given their letter of appointment on Friday.
A court order barring the governor from appointing and installing new emirs was issued by a Kano State high court on Friday, but Ganduje claimed the order came after the persons appointed as emirs had accepted their appointments.
The governor is also facing another suit brought against him and state government by four kingmakers – Madakin Kano, District head of Dawakintofa, Yusuf Nabahani; Makaman Kano, District head of Wudil, Abdullahi Sarki-Ibrahim; Sarkin Dawaki Mai Tuta, District head of Gabasawa, Bello Abubakar and Sarkin Ban Kano, District head of Dambatta, Mukhtar Adnan.