Gwandu Emirate Tussle: Court of Appeal Reinstates Jokolo


           Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo

By Abdallah el-Kurebe

The Court of Appeal, sitting in Sokoto on Thursday upheld the decision of Kebbi state High Court reinstating Alhaji Mustapha Jokolo as Emir of Gwandu.

In a unanimous judgment, leading  Justice Tunde Awotoye held that the deposition of the Emir by the former governor Adamu Aliero, contravened Sections 6 and 7 of the Chiefs Appointment and Deposition Law of Kebbi state.

The judgement further contended that the former governor did not make inquiries into the allegations against deposed Jokolo and did not consult the Council of Chiefs in the state before arriving at his decision.

The Appeal court also upheld the order of the lower court that Jokolo’s salaries and entitlements for the ten years that he had been deposed, be paid to him.

The present Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashar had appealed to the Appellate court against the decision of Kebbi State High Court with the Jokolo, the state government and 12 others as respondents.

While Bashar’s counsel, Barrister Hassan Zakariyya said they would obtain its copy, study it and advise their client on the next line of action,  Jokolo’s counsel, Barrister Ahmadu Zumaru commended the judgment.