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Kano High Court blocks Govt Action against Private Schools

The Kano State High Court has issued an ex-parte order that restrains the state government from taking any actions against private primary and secondary schools within the state.

Justice Nasiru Saminu granted this order, which requires the government to maintain the current status quo, following a motion ex-parte filed by Barr. AbdulHafees D. Khalid on behalf of the applicants.

The applicants in this legal case include The incorporated Trustees of the Association of Model Islamic Schools, Nigeria, the Incorporated Trustees of Independent Schools Proprietors’ Association Kano, Incorporated Trustees of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools Kano Chapter, Incorporated Trustees of Association of Private Schools Owners of Nigeria, Kano Chapter, and the Joint Committee of Private School Proprietors’ Association in Kano State.

On the other side, the respondents named in the case are the Kano State Government, the Governor of Kano State, the Attorney General of Kano State, Kano State Private and Voluntary Institutions Board, and Comrade Baba Abubakar Umar.

The court's interim injunction order specifically prohibits the defendants/respondents, especially the 5th Defendant, their agents, staff, or privies, from taking any actions or implementing the updated notice titled "REMINDER FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH KANO STATE LAW 2014" that was issued and served on the applicants. This order will remain in effect until the motion on notice is heard and determined.

The court has adjourned the case to November 21st, 2023, for the hearing of the motion on notice. This legal battle stems from ongoing disputes between the state government and private school owners in Kano regarding the revalidation of operational licenses and changes in school fees, among other issues.

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