Sokoto emirate invoice: Court halts elimination of two district heads

As the proposed conventional establishment regulation controversy rages in Sokoto State, the state’s High Court has issued an order restraining Governor Ahmed Aliyu from sacking two of the 15 District Heads his authorities had earlier faraway from their seats.

The order was sought individually by Alhaji Buhari Tambuwal and Alhaji Abubakar Kassim, the District Heads of Tambuwal and Kebbe respectively, who’re among the many rulers eliminated by the state authorities, on the allegation of insubordination and aiding insecurity within the state.

The presiding decide, Justice Kabiru Ibrahim Ahmed, nonetheless, ordered the governor, his
Attorney General and the Sokoto Sultanate Council to revert to the established order, pending the dedication of the swimsuit filed earlier than him by the complainants, who have been represented by Prof Ibrahim Abdullahi, SAN.

Justice Ahmed via two orders, which have been sighted by our correspondent dated, June 16, 2024, directed the defendants, their brokers’ servants, privies or assigns or any particular person appearing on their behalves to “maintain status quo and or stay all actions and or further actions in connection with all matters dealing with and or appertaining to the removal and or dethronement of Districts Heads in Sokoto State,” notably these of Kebbe and Tambuwal,  pending the listening to and dedication of the movement for interlocutory injunction duly filed earlier than the court docket.

The improvement is coming because the state authorities invoice for the modification of the Local Government Law, affecting the appointment of district and village heads, to confer the federal government with unique energy to nominate conventional rulers.

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Already, the sacking of the 15 district heads and the proposed invoice in Sokoto has generated swift reactions throughout the nation, with the Vice President, Kashim Shettima calling on the Sokoto State Government to treat the Sultan as an concept that have to be preserved and guarded.

At the identical time, former Vice President and PDP presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar demanded that conventional establishments have to be protected against the “excesses of state governors”.

The Muslim Rights Concern in two separate statements, additionally warned the Sokoto State authorities to shelve the thought of eradicating the Sultan of Sokoto or whittling his powers.

Sokoto State House of Assembly had on Tuesday handed the invoice for second studying which was later referred to a House Committee. A public listening to on the invoice is anticipated to be held subsequent week Tuesday.



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