Kano governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said he was not aware of the court order restraining him from creating additional emirates in the state and giving staff of office to new emirs.
The governor made this know on Saturday, May 11, while proceeding with the move to give letter of appointment to emirs of the newly created emirates at Kofar Mata Indoor Sports Hall
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Kano state high court, in a judgement on Friday May 10, had granted an order restraining Ganduje from implementing the establishment of four more emirates.
Justice Nasiru Saminu, in a suit filed by one Rabiu Sule Gwarzo, gave an interim injunction directing all parties in the suit to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The Kano governor has, however, defied the court order and unveiled the names of the new emirs for Rano, Bichi, Gaya and Karaye.
On Saturday, the governor through his commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, said he was not aware of the ruling.
Garba said the letter from the court was not received by the governor, adding that the new emirs have been issued letter of appointment since Friday, May 10.
He said: ’'Honestly as I speak to you, we have not been served any court order, although I saw a court order on the social media late in the night on Saturday. So how do you expect government to act on a story on the social media?’
''Letters of appointment have been issued the Emirs appointed since yesterday and they have returned the acknowledged copies, the event for today is just a felicitation.''
Mallam Abba Auwal, the chief press secretary to Governor Ganduje, also corroborated Garba's claim in a statement,saying the letter of appointment with reference number SSG/REPA/5/A/86/T was issued to the new emirs prior to the court notice.
He said: “Letters of the Notification of Appointment were written from the office of the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, since Thursday 9th May, 2019 and were dispatched to the concerned Emirs the following day Friday 10th May, 2019, in the very early hours of the day.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that about four leading Islamic clerics in Kano state resigned from the administration of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
According to the reports, the clerics included commander-general of Hisbah, Aminu Daurawa; chairman of Kano state Pilgrims Board, Abba Koki.
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