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Kano State High Court Bars Kwankwasiyya Inscription On Public Buildings



The Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Lawan Wada has granted an injunction restraining the use of Kwankwasiyya inscriptions on public buildings two years from the date of the injunction.

The plaintiffs, Abdullahi Maraya Barkum, Hamisu Danwawu, and Hassan Sani Indabawa, had filed a case against former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in the State High Court challenging the inscription of Kwankwasiyya names on public buildings.

According to the writ of the summons, the plaintiffs joined the former Governor, his Attorney General, and Commissioner for Justice and the State government as defendants, saying the law of the land prevents anybody from using public funds to promote the personal ego of an individual against the collective interest of the public.

In the judgment delivered by Mr. Wada, the judge ruled that all public projects executed or being executed by the State government were done with public funds on behalf of all the people and persons of Kano State.

He granted perpetual injunction, stating that using public funds to inscribe the name of an individual or private group on public buildings in any form is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The judge further granted an order of mandatory injunction compelling the defendants to remove the Kwankwasiyya inscriptions from all public properties in Kano State forthwith.

Mr. Wada also granted injunction restraining the defendants from further inscribing the name Kwankwasiyya on any public properties in Kano State.

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