Remove Kwankwasiyya from all Kano government property, Court rules

A Kano High Court presided over by Justice Lawan Wada has granted an injunction restraining the inscription of the word “Kwankwasiyya” on public structures in the state, two years after the practice began.

Three indigenes of the state, Abdullahi Barkum, Hamisu Danwawu and Hassan Indabawa had filed a suit at the court questioning the propriety of the administration of former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso inscribing the word, which is the political slogan of his political group, on public buildings.

According to the writ of summons, the plaintiffs joined the former governor, his attorney general and the state government as defendants.

They contended that the state’s laws prohibit anyone from using public funds to discriminate and promote the personal ego of an individual, against the collective interest of the public.

In the judgement delivered by Justice Wada, the court ruled that all public projects executed or being executed by the state government were done with public funds held in trust by the governor for all the people of Kano State.

The court granted perpetual injunction restraining the practice of inscribing a personal name or slogan on public property. It stated that such was illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The court further gave an order compelling the defendants to remove the inscription where ever they may be inscribed, and stop further inscription on public properties in the state forthwith.

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