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NBA raises concerns over Kano emirate law repeal

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The Kano Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has expressed serious concerns about the recent developments following the repeal of the Kano Emirate Council Law of 2019.

In a statement on Saturday, Chairman Sagir Gezawa emphasized the importance of adhering to legal and constitutional processes.

The NBA highlighted that it is the constitutional duty of a state House of Assembly to legislate, and once such legislation is passed, it becomes the governor’s role to assent to it.

“Once the governor assents, it becomes law and must be implemented by state apparatus and enforced by a competent court,” Gezawa stated.

Gezawa condemned the involvement of the Nigerian Army in enforcing court orders, describing it as a “sad reminder of military dictatorship.” He stressed that enforcing court orders falls outside the military’s duties and should be handled by the judiciary.

Gezawa outlined the proper procedures for enforcing court orders, including the issuance of Form 48 and subsequently Form 49 if there is non-compliance. “This process is part of the Sheriff and Civil Processes Act and the laws of various states,” he explained.

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He urged state actors to remember their oaths of office and the limits of their duties to avoid undermining the judicial system. Gezawa warned that actions by security agencies outside their legal scope could jeopardize the peace and security of Kano State.

“As an association, we call on all state actors to be mindful of their oaths of office and the scope of their duties to avoid making a mockery of our judicial system.

They should also be aware that their actions may breach the security and peace of Kano State, and they will be held accountable in this life or the next,” Gezawa warned.

Tensions have risen in the state following the arrival of the dethroned 15th Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero. Bayero was removed by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf on Thursday.

Upon signing the repeal of the Kano Emirates Council Law, Yusuf gave Bayero and other deposed emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand them over. Despite this, Bayero returned to Kano on Saturday, accompanied by a deployment of soldiers at his mini-palace.

The NBA’s statement underscores the need for adherence to legal protocols and the proper roles of state and federal entities to maintain peace and uphold the rule of law in Kano State.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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