A prince of Zazzau Emirate in Kaduna State, Bashari Aminu, has gone to court to challenge the appointment of Ahmed Bamalli as the new emir of Zazzau, Premium Times reports.
Mr Bamalli, erstwhile Nigerian ambassador to Thailand, was announced as the new emir by the Kaduna State Government on Wednesday.
The suit was filed at the Kaduna State High Court. A source close to Mr Aminu confirmed the legal action. Mr Bamalli’s appointment followed the death of Shehu Idris who died on September 20, after reigning as emir for 45 years.
Mr Aminu, who holds the title of Iyan Zazzau, was ranked first in an initial shortlist submitted to Governor Nasir El-Rufai by the five kingmakers of the emirate.
The state government, however, discarded the kingmakers’ report, citing allegations of inducement by one of the contenders.
The government later announced the appointment of Mr Bamalli, following a fresh selection process among 13 princes, ordered by the state government.
Court documents show that Mr Aminu sued Mr El-Rufai and nine others in the suit seeking to quash Mr Bamalli’s appointment.
The court filings signed by Yunus Usman, a senior advocate of Nigeria, seeks 10 reliefs from the court.