A Kano State High Court presided by Justice A. T. Badamasi Monday struck out the suit filed by Kano kingmakers to challenge the Kano Emirate Council Law passed in 2019.
Justice Badamasi said in his ruling that the subject matter of the suit has already been overtaken by event, the law having been nullified by another high court in the state.
According to him, since the law has been nullified, there is no basis continuing the case, as it will only amount to academic exercise and hence a waste of time.
Judicialsketch.com reported earlier that Justice U. M. Na-Abba ruled that the Kano Emirate Council Law, 2019 was not properly promulgated for reasons he enunciated, thereby rendering the law a nugatory.
Consequent upon justice Na-Abba’s judgment, the state House of Assembly reconvened to re-submit a bill and eventually passed a new law, which has been in effect ever since.
A counsel on the part of the kingmakers, Haruna Saleh, said they viewed the judgement as a technical victory for the state government, and will explore the options available to them to ventilate their grievance.
“Since the doors of litigation are not closed to us in this matter, we will explore any of the options available to us in law either by way of appeal or even before the same court to challenge the new law,” Haruna said.
However, a counsel on the part of the government said the case filed by the kingmakers was itself technical. “If they are saying that the legislature in the state has no power to make a law, they are basing their that argument on technicalities.”