Appeal Court Reinstates Jokolo as Emir of Gwandu


Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Sokoto, on Thursday reaffirmed the decision of the Kebbi State High Court which reinstated the deposed Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo.

The appellate court also ordered that all his salaries and entitlements for the 10 years that he had been deposed be paid to him as ordered by the High court.

The present Emir of Gwandu in Kebbi state, Alhaji Muhammad Bashar, had filed an appeal challenging the judgment of the lower court and it has the former Emir, the state government and 12 others as respondents.

In their judgment, the three judges of the Court led by Justice Tunde Awotoye, held that the deposition of the Emir by the former Governor of Kebbi state, Senator Adamu Aliero, contravened section 6 and 7 of the Chief Appointment and Deposition Law of the state.

They maintained that the former Kebbi state Governor neither made an inquiry into the allegation against the deposed Emir nor consulted the state Council of Chiefs before arriving at his decision.