‘Ruling On Kano Emirship Tussle Mockery Of Rule Of Law’ – Falana Hits Justice Liman

Human Rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has criticised Justice Muhammed Liman, the presiding judge of the Federal High Court Kano Division over his ruling in the Kano emirship tussle describing the ruling of Thursday as a mockery of the rule of law.

The fiery lawyer also said the judge created more confusion than solving the case which has established supreme court judgement to rely on.

THE WHISTLER reports that the kingmaker in the former Kano emirate, Aminu Babba Danagundi, the Sarkin Dawaki Babba, had challenged the propriety of the repealed Kano Council Law which Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf used to depose the 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, and reversed the status of the emirs of Bichi, Rano, Gaya, and Karaye emirates to that of district heads, following the collapse of their emirates into Kano Emirate.

Based on the law, the governor consequently re-appointed the 14th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

This threw the Emirates into crisis leading to the institution of the case to challenge the legality of the governor’s action.

On Thursday, Justice Liman declared the actions taken by the governor as “null and void”, however, stating that its ruling did not affect the validity of the Kano Emirates Council (Repeal) Bill 2024, which was passed by the Kano State House of Assembly.

Falana speaking on Channels TV on Friday, which was monitored by THE WHISTLER said, “The order is a bit confusing.

“But what is important, which the learned judge did not address in his ruling, is the convenient way in which two solid judgments of the supreme court on the limitation of the power of the federal high courts to interfere in the affairs of traditional institutions.

“It cannot be done via fundamental rights application. I listened to him, his lordship was talking about the need to respect the rule of law.

“In any country that loudly claims to pronounce and operate under the rule of law, the judgments of the supreme court are binding on all authorities.

“It is a mockery of the rule of law, if the high court judge decides to ignore or overrule the judgments of the supreme court.”

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