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Kano govt transmits fresh bill on creation of four new emirates

Kano govt transmits fresh bill on creation of four new emirates

The Kano State executive council has transmitted to the state house of assembly, a bill for the creation of four additional emirates.

In a statement on Monday, Muhammad Garba, commissioner for information, said the bill endorsed the establishment of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye emirates.

He said the council had forwarded the bill to the state assembly for “necessary action”.

A high court in the state had earlier sacked the four new emirs appointed by Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor. They are: Aminu Ado Bayero (Bichi), Ibrahim Gaya (Gaya), Tafida Ila (Rano), and Ibrahim Abukakar (Karaye).

Usman Na’Abba, the presiding judge, held that the creation of four new emirates did not follow due process. He said the state assembly violated the provision of section 101 of the 1999 constitution while creating the emirates.

But Garba said the bill was amended in public interest following the court judgment. He added that the emirates pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the second republic was short-lived.

He said while the council has discussed the “age-long clamour” for the establishment of additional emirates in the state with a view to bringing more development to the people of the new emirates.
Garba said the exercise was also informed by the need to bring the traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state.

The council called on the state assembly to expedite action on the passage of the bill.
Garba had earlier said Ganduje administration would continue treating those sacked as first-class monarchs.
The creation of the emirates was believed to have been targetted at Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, for reportedly opposing the reelection of Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor.

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