Emerging report indicates that governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano has appointed four new emirs following his assent to a bill seeking the creation of new Emirates in the ancient city.
The new emirs are Aminu Ado Bayero (Bichi), Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Gaya), Tafida Abubakar (Rano), and Ibrahim Abubakar (Karaye).
Muhammad Garba, the commissioner for information, said the new emirs would receive their letters of appointment and staff of office at a ceremony at Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday.
The decision comes hours after a court in the state issued an order restraining the governor from splitting Kano emirate council.
Ruling on a suit filed by Rabi’u Saleh Gwarzo and Babangida Sulaiman, minority leader and minority chief whip of the state assembly, Nasiru Saminu, a judge, also ordered Kano government to suspend any move to demarcate the Kano emirate pending the determination of the case filed before him.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the state assembly had kicked against the bill on splitting the emirates into five.
Ganduje had on Thursday assented to a bill brought before him by the state house of assembly seeking the creation of four new emirates in the ancient city.
The effect of the law is that four more first class emirs in the state will be created which includes Rano, Karaye, Bichi and Gaya emirates.
The move is believed in some quarters to be part of a plot by governor Ganduje to whittle down the powers of Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II.
Governor Ganduje and the Emir of Kano are reportedly not the best of friends with speculations that the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria supported the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abba Kabiru Yusuf in the just concluded governorship election.
Sanusi II was appointed the 14th emir in 2014 after the death of Alhaji Ado Bayero, the 13th Emir of Kano.
His grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, the 11th emir of Kano was deposed in 1963 after a disagreement with Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and premier of the northern region at the time.