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Conflict Over Rights: Kano Govt Ordered To Pay N10m To Deposed Emir Bayero

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A Federal High Court in Kano has ordered the state government to compensate deposed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero with N10 million for violating his fundamental rights.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has directed the Kano State Government to pay N10 million in damages to deposed Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, for violating his fundamental rights. The ruling mandates the state to respect Bayero’s rights to movement and personal liberty.

 

Justice Simon Amobeda, presiding over the case, asserted the court’s jurisdiction before addressing the core issue of rights violation. The judge emphasized that proceedings without proper jurisdiction are invalid. Declaring the court’s authority, Justice Amobeda pointed out that the case centered on the abuse of fundamental human rights, a matter the Federal High Court is empowered to adjudicate.

 

Bayero initially sought N5 billion in damages, claiming the Kano State Government had breached his rights. The court confirmed Bayero’s claims, noting that the 1999 Constitution guarantees citizens’ rights to liberty and movement. The judge highlighted an incident in May 2024 when Governor Abba Yusuf used social media to announce Bayero’s deposition and ordered his arrest, giving him 48 hours to vacate the palace.

 

The court found this action unlawful, breaching Bayero’s constitutional rights. “The applicant was threatened without lawful justification, violating his right to liberty under Section 35(1) of the 1999 Constitution,” Justice Amobeda stated. Furthermore, Bayero’s forced house arrest was deemed a flagrant violation of his freedom of movement as outlined in Section 41(1).

 

In addition to the compensation, the court restrained the Police, DSS, and other respondents from arresting, detaining, or harassing Bayero. Justice Amobeda concluded by ordering the Kano State Government to pay N10 million for the breach and potential breach of Bayero’s rights.

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