The Kano State Government has ordered the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, to vacate the palace he is occupying along the State Road in the Nasarawa area of the state. The order was given by a Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu on Monday.

The court also issued an interim injunction restraining Bayero and four other dethroned emirs from parading themselves as emirs, pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice filed by the applicants. The applicants are the Attorney General of Kano State, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, and the Kano State House of Assembly.

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Kano State Government Seeks President's Intervention in Emir Crisis
Kano State Government Orders Deposed Emir to Vacate Palace

The respondents in the matter are the deposed emirs of Karaye, Gaya, Bichi, Rano, and Kano, the Inspector General of Police, the Director of the Department of State Services, the Army, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The state government had appealed to President Bola Tinubu to move the deposed emir from the state, citing security concerns. The Deputy Governor of the state, Aminu Abdussalam, said Bayero’s presence in Kano posed a threat to the peace and stability cherished by its people.

The crisis in Kano started when the state House of Assembly repealed the Kano Emirates Council Law, which divided Kano into five emirates. The state Governor, Abba Yusuf, signed the new law and sacked the five emirs, including Bayero. While the other four emirs complied with the directive, Bayero returned to the palace, leading to a standoff with the state government.

The state government has also dismissed reports of violent protests in the state, saying that the protests were embarked upon by some miscreants hired by political actors to destabilize the state.

The court has fixed June 11, 2024, for the hearing of the motion on notice. The state government has urged President Tinubu to intervene in the matter to prevent unnecessary chaos in the state.