Justice Nura Sagir of the Kano state high court hearing the suit filed by Kano Elders Forum could not proceed with hearing on Wednesday at the instance of the attorney-general of the state who led the defendants’ team.
A counsel on the plaintiff’s team, Haruna Saleh Zakariyah told Judicialsketch.com on phone that contrary to the way the court proceedings today was widely reported, none of the applications before the court was heard because the defendants neglected to serve the plaintiff any of their processes until the morning of the hearing.
According to him, it was a frustrating way of doing things, and not really the way serious lawyers behave. “It appears they do not want the case proceed. They are delaying deliberately”, he said
Leading counsel on the part of the plaintiffs, A. B. Mahmoud (SAN) lamented the development in open court and the judge had to agree with him, thereby forcing the attorney-general to render an unreserved apology before the matter was adjourned to January 27 for hearing to continue.
The forum of elders wanted the court to bar Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from giving effect to the state emirates council law which was promulgated late 2019.
The law created four additional emirates in the state, and has far-reaching provisions which give the governor powers to remove any emir who falls foul of them.
The governor has exercised some of the powers invested in him by the law, creating a council of chiefs and appointing a chairman for it. Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II was named the first chairman of the council, a position that may be given to any of the other four emirs after three years.