Another Court Restrains el-Rufai From Sacking District/Village Heads

By Israel, Kaduna

A High Court sitting ‎in Zaria, Kaduna State has granted an order of interim injunction restraining governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the Attorney General of Kaduna State, Jaafaru Ibrahim Sani(Commissioner, Ministry of local government affairs), from sacking traditional rulers.

Also, restrained from taking over the offices of the traditional rulers were: Kaduna State council of Emirs and Chiefs, Zazzau Emirate council, Kaduna State House of Assembly  either by themselves or via their agents, servants and privies or any one, committee, task force, ministry or who so ever described acting on the instructions or directives of the defendants from acting on the directives contained in the letters and or circulars or take any step whatsoever to fill the offices of District and Village Heads within their domains pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice.

 Similarly, an order of interim injunction is also granted directing the  parties to the suit to maintain the status quo ante prior to issuance of letters MLG/CA/45/427 and MLG/CA/45/462 dated  7th June, 2017 and 12th June 2017 respectively by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants pending the hearing ‎and determination of the Motion on Notice.

 An order was also granted  restraining the 5th Defendant/respondent from making any recommendation pursuant to the said letters/circulars herein mentioned and restraining the 1st-3rd defendants/respondents from acting on any such recommendations if any has been made pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice.

 Alhaji Lawal Iro (Magajin Mallam Zazzau Hakimin Samaru) Alhaji Falalu Umaru (Maharin Zazzau Hakimin Dutsen Abba and Alhaji Isah Suleiman (Danmalikin Zazzau Hakimin Nassarawan Doya) who are plaintiffs in the suit No. KDH/Z/144/2017 suing for themselves and on behalf of the duly appointed District Heads whose positions are illegally threatened by the defendants had prayed for an order of Interim Injunction restraining the defendants/respondents either by themselves or via their agents, servants and privies or any one, committee, task force, ministry or howsoever described acting on the instructions or directives of the defendants from acting on the directives contained in the letters and or circulars or take any step whatsoever to fill the offices of District and Village Heads within their domains pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice.

The plaintiffs also prayed for an order of interim injunction restraining the Defendants/Respondents directing the parties to the suit to maintain the status quo ante prior to issuance of letters MLG/CA/45/427 and MLG/CA/45/462 dated 7th June, 2017 and 12th June 2017 respectively by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants pending the hearing ‎and determination of the Motion on Notice.

The plaintiffs also sought for an order of interim injunction directing the parties to the suit to maintain the status quo ante prior to issuance of letters MLG/CA/45/427 and MLG/CA/45/462 dated 7th June, 2017 and 12th June 2017 respectively by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants pending the hearing ‎and determination of the Motion on Notice already filed.

According to the presiding judge, Honourable Justice B. F Zubairu , the restraining order which was signed by himself also signed by the Registrar Buhari Aliyu Esq dated the 28th day ‎of June, 2017 was based on the 24 paragraphs affidavit in support of the motion paper by Mr. Yemi S. Adekunle with W. U  Abdul Azeez  Esq and S. Garba Esq counsel for the Applicants.

Recalled that another High Court sitting in Kafanchan had earlier given a restraining order in a similar suit by another plaintiff.

Meanwhile, the matter has been adjourned to 5th, July 2017 for hearing of the Motion on Notice.

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