Culture & TraditionNewsHigh Court Dismisses Case Against Paramount Ruler In Adamawa

YOLA — Hon. Justice Nathan Musa, Chief Judge of Adamawa state has dismissed the suit filed by Baba Gashemuru G. Amalai and 7 others of the Bongkumbebe ruling clan against Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda of Bonsibe ruling clan and 6 others.

The aggrieved kingmakers of Lunguda Traditional Council in September 2019 selected Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda II as a paramount ruler of the chiefdom following the death of former Kwandi Nunguraya, Dr. Wilfred Kimde, on the 1st August 2019 and Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri approved the selection.

He was subsequently presented with the staff of office by the Governor.

In their suit, the plaintiffs,  Baba Gashemuru G. Amalai and 7 others of the Bongkumbebe ruling clan sought the declaration that no election or selection was lawfully held which saw to the emergence of the present Kwandi Nunguraya, Kuruhaye Dishon Dansanda II.

The plaintiffs faulty the exercise on the ground that there was no exchange of traditional stones between the 2 ruling clans before the election, and Hon. Wulbina Jackson, Commissioner of Education has assisted one of the kingmakers, a blind man, in casting his vote.

They, therefore, prayed the court to declare that the appointment or approval of the Kwandi Nunguraya by the Adamawa State Government was illegal, null, and void, and prayed the court to set aside the entire process.

They equally urged the court to restrain Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri from presenting the Staff of Office to Kwandi Nunguraya, and that if already presented, it shall be retrieved.

According to them, no selection or election was lawfully held either on 22nd or 29th August 2019, at the Presidential Lodge in Guyuk Local Government Area.

Hon. Justice Nathan who presided over the case said the court carefully evaluated the evidence of the 2 plaintiffs’ witnesses who testified before the court and failed to prove their claim.

He said, “On the whole, therefore, this suit having been unapproved is accordingly dismissed”.

Reacting, Counsel to 3, 4, 5, and 6 defendants, J. Owe, and Counsel to 7 defendants, Akpanamasi and S. J. Abul counsel to the plaintiffs appreciated the judgment.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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