Four New Emirates Re-emerge in Kano amidst Terse Legal Tussles

Kano state house of assembly Thursday passed into law the renewed bill presented before it to create four additional emirate councils and first class emirs in the state, thereby daring those who are opposing the passage of the bill on the ground that it would be prejudicial.

Speaker of the house, Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa said that the bil was passed after it has passed the third reading, and the law, when eventually accented to by the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, would give the state new first class emirs in Bichi, Gaya, Karaye and Rano.

The earlier law passed by the state assembly to create the four emirates was declared unconstitutional by the state high court presided byJustice Usman Na’Abba who said the process through which it was made was at loggerhead with section 101 of the Nigerian constitution.

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Judicialsketch.com had reported earlier that counsel to the Kano emirate’s kingmakers, hold the view that this new bill and its subsequent passage into law would be prejudicial because of the subsistence of their clients’ case before another state high court. The kingmakers are challenging the powers of the state executive and the legislature to make any law for the creation of additional emirate in the state.

They contended in a letter to the governor, through the office of the attorney general, that unless and until the court made its pronouncement on whether or not the defendants in the case are vested with the power to make such a law, the governor and the state assembly should stay action on the matter.

There are strong indications that this new law would also run into the muddy waters of legal tussles in the coming days.

Yusuf Abdulsalam: Yusuf Abdulsalam holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Mass Communications. He also has LL.B and LL.M degrees. He has worked widely and variously as a reporter, sub-editor, editor and editor-in-chief in Nigeria for over a decade.
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