A Minna High Court has ordered Mohammed Barau Kontagora from parading himself as the 7th Sarkin Sudan Kontagora by virtue of the selection purportedly held on 19th day of September 2021.
The court gave the order on Tuesday after hearing the motion ex-parte moved by Barrister W. Y Mamman on behalf of 15 plaintiffs.
Presided over by Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, the court also restrained the defendants including the Niger state Attorney General and the state commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs from installing or issuing staff of office to Mohammed Barau Kontagora as the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora.
In a 5 paragraph affidavit of urgency, one Adam Muhammad Nasir, argued that “immediately the announcement of the 1st defendant/ respondent was made, some youths in Kontagora were mobilising for show down and mass protest over the said selection of the 7th Sarkin Sudan Kontagora “.
The affidavit also stated that in the mixe of all these, the 2nd and 3rd defendants gave a certificate of recognition to the 1st defendant on October 8, 2021 when tension has began to build up in the chiefdom.
According to the affidavit “unless this Honourable Court restrains all the defendants/respondents, quickly, they will destroy the rest and put this Honourable Court in the state of hopelessness and helplessness “.
The 15 plaintiffs who claimed to be eligible to contest for the royal throne are alleged that due process was not followed in the selection of the new Sarkin Sudan Kontagora and have therefore approached the court in a motion on notice to nullify the purported selection of the 7th Sarkin Sudan Kontagora on 19th September 2021.