A Kano high court on Tuesday, December 17, upheld the power of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to dethrone emirs in the state. Delivering the verdict, the presiding judge, Justice A. T. Badamasi, dismissed the extension on the interim order to prevent Ganduje from interfering with the powers of the state’s emirate kingmakers. The prayer for the court to extend the order was made by the lawyer of the kingmakers.
The court delivered the judgement on Monday, December 16, throwing out the suit brought by Audu Bulama-Bukarti, a lawyer based in the state.
Bulama-Bukarti had wanted the court to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to provide the report of its forensic investigation into the allegations against the governor. In the ruling, the court explained that the Freedom of Information (FOI) act 2011 stipulates that such details requested must be public records.