CJN Summons Kano Chief Judge,Federal Judge Over Conflicting Orders

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Kayode Ariwoola
Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Kayode AriwoolaWikipedia

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has summoned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and the Chief Judge of Kano State High Court over contradictory interim injunctions pertaining to the Kano Emirate, generating confusion in the state.

The Federal High Court in Kano, presided over by Justice S. A. Amobeda, issued an order removing Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Kofar Kudu Palace, strengthening the power of Kano's 15th Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero.

"An order of interim injunction restraining the respondents from inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating, harassing the Applicant, or infringing on his rights is hereby granted," said Justice Amobeda.

He said, "This order ensures that Emir Aminu Bayero enjoys all rights and privileges accrued."

However, the Kano State High Court, presided over by Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu, granted an order to protect Muhammadu Sunusi and other important people from potential harassment by state officials. This decree prohibits any interference with the Emir's autonomy or the confiscation of key symbols of his power, such as the twin spear, the Royal Hat of Dabo, and the Ostrich-feathered shoes.

The judge stressed, "An order of interim injunction is granted restraining the respondents from harassing or intimidating the Applicants or confiscating any symbols of the Emir's authority."

She went on to say, "The respondents are ordered to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice."

These conflicting orders have created major confusion over the emirs' legitimate authority and protection in Kano. The State High Court's case is scheduled for further hearing on June 13, while the Federal High Court's case has been adjourned until June 4.

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