Justice Abdullahi Muhammad Liman of the Federal High Court in Kano has nullified the Kano State Emirate Law 2024, which had dissolved the five Emirates in Kano State.

In a ruling delivered on June 20, the judge invalidated all actions taken by the Kano State Government to repeal the Kano Emirates Council Law, which had been used to dethrone the 15th Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, along with four others.

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The judge ordered that all parties maintain the status quo, effectively restoring the previous arrangement of the emirates.

Previously, the Kano House of Assembly had repealed the law that established the 15th Emir and created four additional emirate councils—Bichi, Rano, Karaye, and Gaya—under the administration of former governor Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

Current governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, had enforced the repealed law by dethroning Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as Emir of Kano in order to reinstall Muhammadu Sanusi, the dethroned 14th Emir of Kano.

Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba and a kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, contested the legality of the law in court. Represented by his counsel, Chikaosolu Ojukwu (SAN), Danagundi sought a declaration that the law was null and void.