The Supreme Court has upheld the removal of the former Sarkin Dawaki Maituta and District Head of Gabasawa, Alhaji Aminu Babba Danagundi.
Danagundi was stripped of his position and title as District Head of Gabasawa and Sarkin Dawaki Maituta by the late Emir of Kano Alhaji Ado Bayero sometimes in 2003 over alleged insubordination.
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He was accused of disobeying an order from the late emir, who invited him (Danagundi) to appear before him.
Delivering judgment on Friday, the apex court in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mary Odili, held that the appeal of the Kano Emirate Council had merit.
The Kano Emirate Council had appealed the decision of the Court of Appeal in Kano, which had affirmed the decision of the state high court overturning the sack of Danagundi.
It would be recalled that shortly after his dethronement, Danagundi, dragged the late emir and Kano emirate council to a state high court for redress.
First, the case was handled by Justice Saka Yusuf and later moved to another court presided by Justice Sadi Mato.
Justice Mato ruled that Danagundi be reinstated and be paid all his entitlements.
Alhaji Aminu Babba Danagundi was appointed Sarkin Dawaki Maituta and District Head of Gabasawa by late Emir Bayero in 1999.
Danagundi spent 13 years on the throne before a squabble erupted between him and the late emir which led to his removal from office.
He was replaced with current Sarkin Dawaki Maituta, Alhaji Bello Tuta.
Speaking to Daily Trust on phone, Danagundi said he was hopeful that the Supreme Court would do justice to the case.
He said: “I would be glad to go back to my position as Sarkin Dawaki and District Head of Gabasawa, if the verdict of the court order for my reinstatement.
“This is something I have fought for 17 years.
“So, I am ever ready to reclaim my title.
“This is what I have been waiting for in the last 17 years.
“So, I am expecting nothing from the court but justice.”
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