High Court grants relief to traditional rulers who sue BAuchiGovernor

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By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A High Court sitting in Bauchi has granted relief to four traditional title holders to file a judicial review to prohibit Governor Mohammed Abubakar from assenting to a bill repealing the creation of districts in the state.
Justice Sa’ad Zadawa, gave the relief while ruling on motion exparte filed before it by Musa Khalid, Muhammed Adamu, Salihu Mohammed and Abubakar Mator District Heads of Danjin, Jabire, Gimzum and Jaban in Bauchi State
The Judge however refused to grant the request by the applicants to restrain the State Governor and four others from assenting to the bill to repeal a law to create districts, village areas and hamlets.
Zadawa also refused to grant their requests to direct the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly to transmit the certified copy of the bill for a law to repeal a law to create districts, village areas and hamlets.
He similarly refused to grant an order to restrain the Governor, Legislature, the House Speaker, Local Government Service Commission and the Attorney-General of the state from taking any action on the matter pending the determination of the motion on notice.
He therefore directed the applicants to put the respondents on notice and adjourned the case to September 6, 2016 for hearing of motion on notice pending before the court.
The applicants, appointed by former governor Isa Yuguda had gone to court to challenge the nullification of their appointments following a bill passed recently by the State House of Assembly.
They prayed the court to restrain the respondents from assenting the bill which if assented would jeopardize the motion on notice challenging the bill passed by the Assembly.

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