Yakubu Busari, Jos
An Appeal Court sitting in Jos, the Plateau state capital on Monday ruled in favour of an application brought by two families led by Mr Umaru Yakubu and Musa Shaibu, challenging the occupant of the stool of Agwom Izere of Jos East Local Government Council of Plateau.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Barr.Usama Kabir Adams prayed the court to hear the four prayers in the matter which the State High Court struck out in the hearing of the chieftaincy tussle between the two families.
According to counsel, “We have four prayers, they includes a leave of court to appeal as an interested party, a leave of court to appeal out of time, an enlargement of time to file an appeal and an enlargement of time to file notice and grounds of appeal out of time which the court graciously granted in our client favour.”
Barr. Adams told the court that the state High Court sitting in Bukuru Division struck out and disqualified the two appellants and ruled that its doesn’t have the jurisdiction to entertain the suit filed by Mr Umaru Yakubu against the Plateau state government, Jos Local Government and Jos East Traditional Council.
In a unanimous judgment read by Justice Adamu Jero, the Appeal Court Judges including Justice Williams Daudu and Justice Amina, agreed to issued a 14 days notice to appeal the decision of the state high court on jurisdiction to enable the applicants exercise their fundamental right as citizens of the Izere extraction.
However, a Senior counsel to the Plateau state government and the Ministry of Justice, S. G Deme showed appreciation to the court for the judgment just as his colleague and counsel to Jos East Traditional council Barr. A.A Madak.
The Jarawa people who are partly from Plateau and partly from Bauchi states were greatly affected by the 1975 change in gazette as reflected in the current stool causing disharmony amongst the royal families in the area. In spite of the court cases, a new Agwom Izere was installed by the state government, prompting the aggrieved family of late Ishaku Yakubu to go to court with the suit pending for the past 11 years.