Abdulmumin Murtala – Kano
Responding to media reports that court has declared the appointment of four new Emirs in Kano null and void, the Attorney General of the state, Barr Ibrahim Mukhtar, has denied the claims explaining that the Court only said it has adjourned the matter to 21st of June and the Status quo anti should be maintained pending the hearing of the substantive suit in the matter.
“The court’s pronouncement on the matter is that it is adjourned to 21st of June and all parties should maintain status quo” he stated.
He said the nation’s Constitution does not allow for any violation of Court Order or contempt.
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The Attorney General also said that the case of the Kano State government with regards to the issuance of a restraining order on the creation of the new Emirates, the order came after the actions being challenged by the plaintiffs have already been taken.
Appointment of the Emirs and the handing of Staff of Office have all been done before they were served with the order.
Barr Mukhtar said: “The claim that a Kano State High Court of Justice has nullified the appointments of new Emirs in Bichi, Gaya, Rano, and Karaye, there is no such order, there is no such decision. Is false and it is wrong for anybody to say that.
“We told the court that all that they are claiming to stop has been completed. That is the passage of the law, the law has been passed, Emirs were appointed and staff of office was given to respective Emirs and they have assumed their respective offices in their various Emirates. So that is what we told the court. These claims, the prayers of the plaintiffs, Kano state government has competed for everything before service of the court order. We cannot rely on social media for such information.
“You have to be served as a party and we have not been served. The office of the governor of Kano state was served yesterday (Tuesday), my own office as, Attorney General, was served on Monday and we told the court that we need time to prepare our response to their applications. The matter was adjourned to the 21st of June for hearing.
“How then can one decide a matter before taking evidence? Judgment can only come after evidence, after argument of various counsels. We have not even filed our responses and we have only received our service of the court order yesterday and we need time in accordance with the rules of the court.
“By the rules of the court motions are entitled to 7 days and substantive applications are entitled to 21 days. The court applied the law and adjourned the matter to 21st of June.
A House of Assembly member, representing Gwarzo constituency Rabiu Sale Gwarzo filed the suit challenging the creation of the new Emirates.
The defendants in the suit include the office of the state Governor, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Kano State House of Assembly, Clerk of the Assembly, the Commissioner for Justice as well as the government printer.