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Court Halts Eviction of Emir Sanusi by Police, SSS, Military

The Kano High Court on Miller Road has issued an order preventing the police, State Security Service (SSS), and Nigerian military from evicting Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, who was recently reinstated. Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu granted the order, restraining the security agencies from arresting or harassing the emir and his kingmakers.

The judge stated, “An order of interim injunction is hereby granted, restraining the Respondents from harassing, intimidating, inviting, arresting, or invading the personal or official residence of the Applicants (Gidan Rumfa); their servants; or any of the Kano Emirate kingmakers, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

Additionally, the judge granted an injunction preventing the Respondents from confiscating any symbols of the Emir’s authority, including the twin spear of authority, the Royal Hat of Dabo, the Ostrich-feathered shoes, the knife, and sword of the Emir of Kano, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The court further ordered the Respondents to refrain from taking any further action in connection with the matter and to maintain the status quo, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice. The Respondents were also restrained from interfering with the duties of the Emir of Kano.

The case, filed by the emir and four Kano kingmakers—Madakin Kano Yusuf Nabahani, Makaman Kano Ibrahim Sarki Abdullahi, Sarkin Bai Mansur Adnan, and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta Bello Tuta—has been adjourned to June 13, 2024, for hearing.

Previously, Justice Aliyu had ordered the eviction of the 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, from the Nassarawa mini palace on Monday.

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