Dethroned Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi 11.
The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness Mohammed Sanusi 11 has been dethroned and reports from the ancient city say the State Hose of Assembly went into fisticuffs over the issue while many people have taken to the streets protesting the decision of State Governor Ganduje.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji had announced in a terse statement that the Emir has been dethroned with immediate effect and a new Emir will be announced in due course.
According to Usman Alhaji, the dethroned Emir’s action was a violation of part 3 section A-E of the Kano State law hence his removal which according to him was in line with due consultation with relevant stakeholders.
He did not however say which offence of the Emir he was referring to since the Emir had gone to court and secured an interlocutory injunction restrain the Governor from a further probe of financial impropriety against the Emir.
There were street protests against the decision of the Governor to remove the Emir who was the former Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank before taking over the throne of his fore fathers.
But while the Executive drama was going on, the Kano State House of Assembly turned to a ‘Bolekaja House, that is a fisticuff place’ when the Deputy Speaker and Chairman , Public Complaint and petition Committee of the House, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari rose to make an observation.
He had complained over the ongoing investigations of petitions of alleged violation of the culture, tradition and religious values by the Kano Emir which a competent court of jurisdiction has stopped and ordered that the status quo be maintained until further notice.
Chidari was promptly opposed by members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the House which aggravated heated debates and resulted in physical combat and a protracted battle for the mace.
Reports say the Assembly security forces and the Sergeant at Arms had to rescue the mace.
The House adjourned for just 30 minutes but never came back. Many of the injured Legislators are being attended to in hospitals while the Police have sealed off the House.
Reports also said many people are protesting on the streets insisting on the immediate withdrawal of the notice or the step down of the Governor himself or there would be no peace in the state.
The whereabouts of the Emir is not known as calls to the palace and his aides were not picked.
Governor Ganduje had been at logger heads with Emir Sanusi since he secured his second term and has tampered with the royal structure of his emirate to stress the Emir.
A quick consultation with top legal luminaries said they were expecting the Ganduje illegal action and the Governor should be prepared for a long and tedious legal rope a dope in the next few days.
- By Eniola Olatunji.