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Kano CP: Police won’t comply with directive on eviction of Bayero

The Kano police command says it will not comply with the directive of the state government on the eviction of Aminu Bayero, the deposed 15th Emir of Kano.

Speaking in an interview with Punch on Friday, Usaini Gumel, Kano commissioner of police, said the state government is “jumping the gun” with the eviction directive.

“The police will not evict the deposed Emir because the same government has filed a case at the state high court on the eviction order, which would come up on Monday, 24th June 2024,” Gumel was quoted as saying.

“The government is jumping the gun because the same government has filed a case on the eviction order, which is coming up on the 24th of June, 2024.

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“So, if we carry out the order, it is like we are pre-empting the court because we don’t know what will happen at the court.”

On Thursday, the federal high court in Kano nullified all actions by the state government repealing the Kano Emirates Council Law of 2019 on May 23.

Muhammed Liman, the presiding judge, held that the defendants were aware of an interim order previously granted by the court but ignored it and implemented the Kano Emirates Council Law 2024.

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The judge, however, ruled that his order did not affect the validity of the emirate law passed by the state house of assembly.

On May 23, Abba Yusuf, the Kano governor, announced the reinstatement of Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

The governor also ordered the dethronement of Bayero as Emir of Kano.

Speaking after the court verdict, Haruna Dederi, Kano attorney-general and commissioner for justice, said the state has acknowledged the judgment, noting that the ruling affirmed the validity of the emirate law.

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Dederi said the government has ordered the demolition of a section of the palace of Bayero.

He added that the police have been directed to take over the Emir’s palace in Nassarawa LGA.

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