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Emir of Zazzau’s appointment: Court fixes December 11 for pre-trial conference


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Justice Kabir Dabo of a High Court sitting in Dogarawa Zaria, Kaduna State has fixed Dec. 11, 2020 for pretrial conference in a suit challenging the appointment of the new Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Bamalli.

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Bashir Aminu, the Iyan Zazzau, on October 16, instituted the case against Governor Nasir El-Rufai and 10 others.

Mr Aminu, in a writ of summons, wants the court to set aside the selection of the 10th defendant (the emir of Zazzau) by king makers on Sept. 24.

Earlier, the Court Registrar, Jaafaru Abbas, invited all counsel and parties to the Judge’s Chambers.

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NAN reports that Aminu is seeking court to declare him the emir, having scored the highest votes cast by the kingmakers.

NAN reports that on Nov.6, Justice Dabo refused an application seeking to stop the coronation of the Emir of Zazzau.

NAN reports that that on October 16, Aminu filed an interlocutory application praying the court for an order of interim injunction restraining Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna from installing, crowning recognising and dealing with any person whosoever as the emir of Zazzau.

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Delivering a ruling, Justice Dabo, said: ”Due to the important roles played by traditional rulers in the society and likelihood of a breakdown in peace.

”Chieftaincy matters must be given accelerated hearing by courts in line with the reasoning of Supreme Court injunctions like this should be utterly discouraged.”


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