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Court stops El-Rufai from sacking 4,766 District and Village Heads in the State

Court stops El-Rufai from sacking 4,766 District and Village Heads in the State
A Kaduna State High Court, sitting ‎in Kafanchan has granted an interim injunction restraining Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the state from sacking over 4,766 District and Village Heads across the state.

El-Rufai’s government had reverted to 77 districts and 1,429 village units that existed prior to 2001, automatically sacking the 313 district heads and 4,453 village heads appointed after year 2001 by administration of former Governor Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi.
The High Court’s interim injunction also restrained Kaduna State House of Assembly, Kaduna Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Jaafaru Ibrahim Sani,  Adara traditional council, Gbagyi traditional council and Attorney General of Kaduna State, either by themselves or via their agents, servants and privies from acting on the directives contained in the letter of the 3rd defendants to the 5th and 6th defendants dated the 12th June, 2017 wherein the 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants/Respondents directed the 5th and 6th Defendants among others to take steps to fill the offices of District and Village Heads within their domains pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice.
Similarly, an order of interim injunction was also granted restraining the Defendants/Respondents from doing anything which has the consequences of being prejudicial to the plaintiffs continued occupation of their offices pending the hearing ‎and determination of the Motion on Notice.

Mr. Stephen A. Gimba, Mr Gajere Dantawaye, Mr Ishaku ‎Yari, Alhaji Gambo Yaro who are the plaintiffs in the suit No. KDH/KAF/107/2017 had prayed for an order of Interim Injunction restraining the Defendants/Respondents either by themselves or via their agents, servants and privies from acting on the directives contained in the letter of the 3rd defendants to the 5th and 6th defendants dated the 12th June, 2017 wherein the 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants/Respondents directed the 5th and 6th Defendants among others to take steps to fill the offices of District and Village Heads within their domains pending the hearing and determination of Motion on Notice.
The plaintiffs also prayed for an order of interim injunction restraining the Defendants/Respondents from doing anything which has the consequences of being prejudicial to the plantiffs continued occupation of their offices pending the hearing ‎and determination of the Motion on Notice and such further and/or other orders as the court may deem fit to make in the ccircumstance.
However, the Presiding Judge, Justice S.S Daka, noted that, the restraining order which was signed by him and also signed by the Assistant Chief Registrar Esther B. Yayit dated the 20th day ‎of June, 2017 was based on the presentation of Abdullahi Bello Esq counsel to the Applicants and having perused the 9 paragraphs affidavit in support and 5 exhibits marked MK A.
The matter has however been adjourned till 29th June, 2017 for hearing of the Motion on Notice.

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