High Court Dismisses Case Filed By Dethroned Maru Emir

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From Maiharaji Altine, Gusau

The Zamfara State High Court sitting in Gusau, the State capital, has dismissed the case filed by the Dethroned Emir of Maru in Maru local government area of the state, Abubakar Chika Ibrahim.

Recall that the dismissed Emir has filed a case before the court, against the Inspector General of Police and five others challenging his removal as well as his detention in Government House Gusau for eleven months.

The dismissed Emir also demanded for N5.6 billion for the alleged illegal detention and removal.

Delivery the judgement on Friday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Bello Shinkafi dismissed the case for lack of merit.

Justice Bello said, the arrest of the dethroned Emir by security agents and keeping him in Government House did not violate constitutional provision.

 The constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria has given powers to the security agents to arrest and detain anybody who violated the laws”.


On the issue of illegal detention in Government House for eleven months, Justice Bello said, “It was for his own security”. 

“He was given an administrative bail and kept at Government house to avoid being lynched by his subjects who were aggrieved by his association with the bandits”. Said Justice Bello.

The judge added that there was plan by Maru people to lynch the former emir.

“The applicant has committed a capital punishment and could not satisfy the court, as such the case is hereby dismissed”. Concluded the Judge.

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