A High Court in Kano on Friday stopped the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi ll from demolishing or tampering with any structure within the Kano Emir’s palace pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice.
Sanusi was dragged before the court by his Uncle, Alhaji Salim Abubakar Bayero over his alleged plan to demolish some historical structures in the palace to build offices for district heads. According to the statement of claim with suit number K/386/2015, the plaintiff is a grandson of the 10th emir of Kano, late Sarki Abdullahi Bayero.
He claimed that the emir was bent on demolishing and destroying some structures at Ka’iya and Kachako sections as well as the graveyard of some past emirs of Kano located within the palace.
He told the court that the purpose for the demolition was to build offices for district heads, arguing that such action has never happened in the history of Kano where district heads have their offices within the palace.
Abubakar further informed the court that quit notices had already been issued to some occupants of the marked sections by the emir.
Other parties in the case are the Kano Emirate Council and the Attorney General of Kano state.
A copy of the restraining order sited by Daily Trust correspondent was contained in a one-page interim injunction dated 30th October, 2015, signed by the Kano state Director of Litigation. It also restrained the Emir and the Emirate Council from issuing quit notice or evicting any person residing inside the palace known as Gidan Rumfa until the determination of the substantive application.
The presiding Judge, Justice A.T Badamasi has slated the case for November 12, 2015 for hearing of the motion on notice.