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Tension Over Govt. Refusal To Reinstate Emir of Akko, 4 Years After Court Judgement.



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The refusal of Gombe state government to reinstate Muhammad Ahmad, the deposed Emir of Akko, four years after a court of appeal judgement in his favour against the Gombe state government is generating tension in the emirate.

Some residents who spoke to LEADERSHIP criticise government, saying such action could spark future violence if not resolve.

A source close to the Emirate council who spoke to our reporter in confidence said, there is tension as the Emirate was pitched deeper into crisis caused by the failure of government to obey a court of appeal order to reinstate the deposed Emir.

He said, despite mounted pressures from prominent Nigerians within and outside the state, government is not showing any sign of obeying the judgement, stressing that if the situation is not well manage it will result to crisis.

“Any government that is not willing to obey a court order on a very sensitive matter such as this, is by implication inviting crisis into the society.”

“It is very unfortunate and embarrassing that under a democratic setting government is refusing to act four years after a court of appeal granted this judgement.” He said.

Our Correspondent gathered that sometimes in June 2014, a presiding Judge of a court of Appeal in Jos, Justice Rilwan Abdullah, nullified the dethronement of Ahmad, noting that government had no cogent reason for deposing the Emir and banishing him to Bauchi State in 2004.

The judge said the appointment of another Emir by the government was null and void since there was no vacancy at the time and ordered the immediate reinstatement of the banished Emir.

The court also dismissed an appeal filed by Umaru Muhammad, who was appointed Emir of Akko after the deposition of Mr. Ahmad.

The judge said the deposition was an infringement on the fundamental rights of the Emir as enshrined in the constitution and that government did not state any reason for its action.

Justice Rilwan then, granted reliefs sought by Mr. Ahmad and declared his arrest, detention, banishment and exile to Bauchi State in 2004 unconstitutional, unlawful as well as null and void.

The court said the plaintiff should be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the office and ordered a perpetual injunction against the state government and all its officials from interfering with his liberty.

It further ordered exemplary damages of N52 million to be paid to the deposed Emir for wrongful arrest, detention and exile to Bauchi state.

It also ordered N10 million general damages to be paid to the Emir.

LEADERSHIP gathered that Ahmad who was invited to a meeting by the then Attorney-General and the Governor on that fateful day of his dethronement was abducted after being served a letter informing him of his deposition.

According to reliable sources, he was taken by security agents and dumped on a street in Bauchi and was warned never to return to Gombe state.

Not satisfy with the treatment meted on him the deposed Emir, who still in exile in Bauchi, pursued the matter through legal means and judgement was granted in his favour since 2014 but the state government has deliberately refused to comply with the court order.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Commissioner for local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ahmad Walama, to comment on the issue proved abortive as his phone line was not connecting as at the time of filing this report.



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