Emir Of Zazzau Tussle: Court Adjourns Case To Dec 11, Hoodlums Vandalize Judge’s Office

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By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria 

The presiding judge of Kaduna State High Court sitting at Dogarawa, Zaria, Justice Kabir Dabo has again adjourned the case filed by Iyan Zazzau challenging the appointment new emir of Zazzau  to December 11, 2020 for pre-trial conference.


Journalists were barred from covering court proceedings in the case filed by Alhaji Bashir Aminu Iyan Zazzau challenging the appointment of the new Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Bamalli. 


It would be recalled that on October 16, the Plaintiff, Alhaji Bashir Aminu, Iyan Zazzau instituted the case against Governor Nasir el-Rufai and 10 others before Kaduna State High Court sitting at Dogarawa Zaria. 

The Plaintiff through the writ of summons was claiming that he (the Plaintiff) to the exclusion of eleventh defendant (Amb. Ahmed Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau) has been duly and properly selected as emir of Zazzau by king makers on September 24, 2020.


According to the plaintiff,  his selection by king makers committee of Zazzau emirate was in accordance with the provisions of the chiefs (Appointment) and (Depositions) Law of Kaduna State and Zazzau Native Law, Customs and Tradition.


In the last adjourned date November 6,  the court adjourned the case for pre-trial conference at the resumed hearing of the case, the Court Registrar, Mr Jaafaru Abbas came into court room and called counsels to the parties to the Judge’s Chambers.

 Journalists covering the case made efforts to enter into the Judge’s chamber but were ousted by the court registrar, Mr Ja’afaru Abbas after the counsel started announcing their appearances before the Judge in his chamber.


A reliable source however, informed that the presiding judge did not order for the journalists to be barred from covering the court proceedings.


The source also said that Governor of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government, and Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice  who are the first to third defendants through their counsel Mr Sanusi Ibrahim, want the case to be reassigned to another court in Kaduna.


The first, second and  third defendants hinged their application on  unfavorable reports from security agencies.


In a related development, the Judge’s Chamber of the Court has been vandalized by the unknown hoodlums who catered away some vital documents on Monday night. 


Confirming the incident, the Court registrar Ja’afaru Abbas said the security guard on the day of the incident  is under Police custody for investigation.

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