Court Awards N10m Charges on Bayero vs Sanusi Suit, Details Emerge

Court Awards N10m Charges on Bayero vs Sanusi Suit, Details Emerge

  • The deposed Kano Emir Aminu Ado Bayero has been awarded N10,000,000 for the breach of his fundamental rights, freedom of movement and personal liberty
  • The Kano state high court gave the order in the suit challenging Governor Abba Yusuf for ordering Bayero to vacate the state and evict Muhammadu Sanusi II from the Gidan Rumfa palace
  • While the court said the governor did not have the right to order Bayero to leave the state, it declined to evict Sanusi from the Gidan Rumfa palace

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Friday, June 14, awarded the dethroned Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, N10,000,000 for the breach of his fundamental rights, personal liberty, and freedom of movement.

Justice Simon Amobeda ruled that it was wrong for the Kano state governor to order Bayero’s arrest without lawful justification.

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The Kano state high court has awarded the sum of N10 million to deposed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero over the violation of his fundamental human liberty. Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano was faulted in the case.
Court awards damages to Bayero over violation of his human rights Photo Credit: @Imranmuhdz, @Kyusufabba
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How Governor Yusuf dethroned Ado Bayero

Recall that in May 2024, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano dethroned Bayero and ordered that he hand over public properties and leave the palace within 48 hours.

According to Leadership, Governor Yusuf then announced the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the 16th Emir of Kano Emirate.

Bayero, who was not in Kano when the governor issued the order, returned to the state and moved into the mini palace in the Nasarawa area.

Why Governor Yusuf ordered Bayero's arrest

The action of Bayero angered Governor Yusuf, and he ordered the security agency to immediately arrest him on the ground that he was making moves to breach the peace of the state.

The deposed Emir Bayero then headed to the court to challenge the action of the governor.

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Embattled Bayero also asked the court to nullify the state assembly law, which deposed him as the Emir of Kano and reinstated Sanusi II.

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Justice Amobeda on Friday held that the court has the jurisdiction to hear the matter because it was an application of fundamental rights enforcement.

The court also ruled that Bayero has the legal right and liberty to move freely and live anywhere in the state or in Nigeria.

However, the judge refused to evict the reinstated Sanusi II from the Gidan Rumfa palace.

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In an interview with, Okanlawon Gaffar, a legal practitioner, discussed the development and described the ruling as the over-judicialisation of our traditional system.

He said:

"It is the judicialisation of our system, where the Emirship or who gets to rule the people is being determined by a court of law, as we have currently seen in Kano state, where a governor deposed a former Emir Sanusi, and Bayero was installed. Then, we have a new governor, Yusuf, who also deposed the current Emir.

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"What would stop the next governor from another party saying the APC deposing Sanusi and reinstalling Bayero? The court is supposed to be the space where everyone is equal, and granting the damages to Bayero. We can’t say this is fair or not, the principle that has been exhibited is also the fact that our traditional system is now a mockery of its glory."

Police banned Sanusi, Bayero from holding durbar celebration earlier reported that the Kano state police command has announced a ban on the celebration of Durbar in Kano city.

According to a police statement, the ban means that the Durbar plan by the reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi and deposed Aminu Ado-Bayero has been suspended.

The two royals have planned the event, which usually happens on the second day of Sallah and have requested the protection of the police.


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