Kano royal tussle: Court awards Bayero N10m damages against Yusuf

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The compexity of the royal tussle in Kano continued to unfold on Friday as a Federal High Court in Kano awarded N10 million compensation to Emir Aminu Ado Bayero over Governor Abba Yusuf’s order for his arrest and eviction from the palace.

This came a day after the police command in the state  stopped his plan to hold Sallah Durbah, as it did any other party that might be planning to do so – including rival Emir Muhammadu Sanusi.

As ‘Daily Trust’ reports, Yusuf had dethroned Ado Bayero last month and ordered him to hand over power within 48 hours.

But Ado Bayero, who was out of Kano at the time the order was given, returned and moved into the mini palace in Nasarawa.

Irked by the development, Governor Yusuf ordered his immediate arrest.

The 15th Emir of Kano had headed for the court to challenge Yusuf’s action.

Ado Bayero also asked the court to nullify the law through which the governor deposed him and reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.

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.

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