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Ahamba seeks probe into long adjournment of Gwandu Emirate tussle

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ahamba, has called for an investigation into the circumstances that led to the long adjournment of an appeal in respect of the Gwandu Emirate headship tussle by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The apex court had on the 29th of November, last year, adjourned until the 23rd of November 2023, the hearing of three appeals challenging the five-year-old order of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which reinstated HRH Alhaji Mustapha Haruna Jokolo, as the 19th Emir of Gwandu.

Reacting to the long adjournment, Chief Ahamba urged the Bar to convene a discussion on the issue and to investigate the real causes of long adjournments and delay in dispensation of justice, particularly at the Supreme Court, with a view to finding a solution in the interest of Justice.

Another Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ishaka Dikko admitted that justice delivery in the country was characterized by incessant delays due to the structure of the Constitution as well as the way and manner legal practitioners practice law in the country.

Although Mr Dikko noted that the Supreme Court is overworked due to a backlog of cases, he however said that the procedural structure of law that allowed an appeal to be filed on every trivial issue was not helping matters.

The Gwandu Emirate headship tussle had commenced in 2005, and considering the controversial issue surrounding the matter which was considered unusual, the Supreme Court had to adjourn its hearing on November 29, 2021, in deference to a fresh appeal filed by one of the appellants at a court below.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino