Court Reinstates Monarch Dethroned by El-Rufai, Issues Fresh Ultimatum to Kaduna Govt

Court Reinstates Monarch Dethroned by El-Rufai, Issues Fresh Ultimatum to Kaduna Govt

  • The court has reversed the banishment of the paramount ruler of Piriga Chiefdom in Lere LGA of Kaduna state, Chief Jonathan Pharaguwa Zamuna
  • In a judgment delivered on Monday, the court declared the monarch's removal by the government of ex-Governor El-Rufai as an unconstitutional act and of no effect
  • Justice Bashir Attahiru Alkali ordered the Kaduna state government to pay Zamuna damages of N10 million and return him to the throne within 30 days journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The National Industrial Court, Kaduna division, has nullified the dethronement of Chief Jonathan Pharaguwa Zamuna, the monarch of Piriga Chiefdom in the Lere Council area of the state.

Court reinstates monarch dethroned by ex-governor El-Rufai
Court nullifies dethronement of Kaduna monarch sacked by El-Rufai's government. Photo credit: Nasir El-Rufai, Jonathan Pharaguwa Zamuna
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Delivering its judgement on Monday, June 10, the court also ordered the Kaduna state government, led by Uba Sani, to pay Zamuna damages of N10 million within 30 days.

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Justice Bashir Attahiru Alkali, delivering its 53-minute judgement, established that the industrial court has the jurisdiction to entertain the case, The Guardian reported.

The judge averred that El-Rufai's government did not comply with due process in dethroning the third-class monarch.

The court declared the monarch's removal unconstitutional, illegal, unfair, null and void.

The judge thereby ordered the reinstatement of Zamuna, with all salaries paid and privileges accorded to him restored.

How the monarch was removed

Recall that former Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, dethroned Zamuna on May 22, 2023, a few days before the end of his tenure, The Punch reported.

Zamuna was removed after a communal clash that claimed two lives and houses burnt.

However, he approached the industrial court regarding his removal, citing a lack of fair hearing on the allegations levelled against him.

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The former governor said he was proud of his record in service.

El-Rufai expressed his disgust at the show of shame that the State House of Assembly exhibited during the sitting of the ad-hoc committee. He urged all and sundry to disregard the so-called probe moves as a politically motivated witch hunt which will fail.

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