Court Fines Kano Govt N10m Over Violation Of Aminu Ado Bayero’s Rights

A FEDERAL High Court has fined Kano government the sum of N10m for violating the rights of deposed Emir Aminu Bayero.

The development comes following Justice Liman Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Kano State, declaring that Bayero has jurisdiction to be heard.

Justice Mohammed had on Thursday (yesterday), given the judgement in a case filed by the kingmaker, Aminu Baba Dan Agundi.

Dan Agundi had filed a case on the fundamental human rights of Bayero in the ongoing emirate tussle.

Respondents in the suit were the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Attorney General of Kano State, the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the Commissioner of Police in Kano, the State Security Service (SSS), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air force, and the Nigerian Navy.

Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Simon Amobeda held that his court had jurisdiction to hear and entertain the matter being fundamental rights enforcement application.

He also averred that Ado Bayero has the liberty and legal right to move freely and live anywhere in Kano or elsewhere in Nigeria.

The court, however, declined to order eviction of Sanusi from the Gidan Rumfa palace.

Counsel to Kano state government and Sanusi, Ibrahim Isa Wangida, described the judgement as a victory for the emir and his admirers as the court did not void the law that warranted Sanusi’s reinstatement.

He said he would consult his clients on whether or not they will appeal the award of N10 million against them.

Counsel to Ado Bayero, Abdulrazaq Ahmad, said he had been vindicated by the judgement that the court has inherent powers to hear and determine the case and that the fundamental rights of his client were breached or about to be breached.

He said the judgement has restrained the state government or any security agencies from breaching the rights of the emir.

A Kano State High Court, had also ordered substituted service on Bayero and four other emirs in a case filed by the Kano State Government, to restrain them from parading themselves as emirs.

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