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Remove Ahmed Bamalli as Emir – Zazzau Prince, Bashari alleges.


He argues that the appointment of Mr Bamalli contravened Chiefs (Appointment and Depositions) Law Cap 21 of 1991.

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.

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 seen by Media known to Noble Reporters Media 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.

Aside Messrs El-Rufai and Bamalli, Mr Aminu also joined the Kaduna State Attorney General, Kaduna Council of Chiefs, Zazzau Emirate Council and the five kingmakers as parties to the suit.

The prayers
Mr Aminu prayed the court to validate the selection process of the Zazzau kingmakers which placed him ahead of two other princes and excluded Mr Bamalli from the shortlist.


Mr Aminu wants the court to declare the appointment as “irregular, illegal, unconstitutional, unjust inequitable and contrary to good conscience, null and void and of no effect whatsoever”.

He also asked the court to declare that he was “duly and properly selected/elected and appointed as the Emir of Zazzau (Zaria) by the traditional kingmakers of Zazzau in accordance with Zazzau Native Law, Custom and Tradition.”

He also wants the court to bar Mr Bamalli from declaring himself as the emir of Zazzau and to stop the state government from proceeding with Mr Bamalli’s coronation as the Zazzau emir.

Mr El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, could not be reached for comment on this story and whether or not the governor had been served the court papers.


[Nigeria] Kaduna gov’t appoints new Zazzau Emir.


The long awaited appointment comes 17 days since the Emir of Zazzau stool became vacant.

The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Ahmed Bamalli as the new emir of Zazzau

The long awaited appointment comes 17 days since the stool became vacant.


Mr Bamalli succeeds Shehu Idris, the 17th Fulani emir of Zazzau who reigned for 45 years before his death on September 20.

Princes from three of the four dynastic lines of the emirate jostled for the post with four of them believed to be the frontrunners.


The three page report gave verdict on two-stage selection process followed on three princes. Those graded were the Iyan Zazzau Bashar Aminu, the Yariman Zazzau Munir Ja’afaru and the Turakin Zazzau Aminu Idris.

Noble Reporters Media earlier learnt plans to announce the Zazzau prince from the Mallawa dynasty as the new emir.

Read government’s full statement announcing the appointment below.

KDSG appoints Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as Emir of Zazzau

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. He succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020 after reigning for 45 years. Alh. Bamalli is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years, following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather, Emir Dan Sidi.


Until his appointment as Emir of Zazzau, Alh. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau and served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar. He has been a permanent commissioner in the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission in 2015. He has worked in banking and as Executive Director and later acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Corporation. He was a staff of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency before a stint as head of Human Resources at MTel, the mobile communications arm of the old Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL).

Born in 1966, Alh. Bamalli studied Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University. He is also a fellow on Conflict Resolution of the University of York, United Kingdom (UK).

On behalf of the Kaduna State Government, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has congratulated HRH Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli on his appointment and wished him a successful and peaceful reign as Emir of Zazzau.


Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani
Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government Affairs
O7 October 2020


Zazzau shops for new Emir to success Shehu Idris.


Jonathan, Sambo, others pay condolence visit
kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate have started searching for a successor to the late Shehu Idris who died on Sunday at the age of 84.
To pick the 19th Emir of Zazzau, the kingmakers have gone into seclusion.

According to the emirate’s statutes, the kingmakers include the Wazirin Zazzau, the Fagacin Zazzau, the Makama Karami, the Chief Imam of Zazzau, and the Chief Imam of Kona.

Palace sources, who pleaded anonymity, said: “As custom demands, anytime the stool is vacant, three councilors and two Imams have the authority to pick a new emir. Immediately after the funeral rites of a late emir, the kingmakers would all excuse themselves from the people.”

Besides, Noble Reporters Media gathered that the kingmakers usually find a suitable venue in the palace, except otherwise, and ask the ruling houses to send their nominees.

The source further disclosed that the kingmakers had so far received nominations and each of the nominees qualified to occupy the stool.

Qualities the kingmakers look out for include western and Islamic education. He also explained that such a person must be acceptable by the people and be grounded in the history, tradition and custom of the emirate.


The state governor has the final say on who becomes the new emir.The likely successors are the Magajin Garin Zazzau, Amb. Ahmed Bamali (Mallawa Ruling House), Yariman Zazzau, Munir Jaafar (Bare Bari), Iyan Zazzau, Muhammad Aminu (Katsina) and the eldest son of the last emir, Turaki Zazazau, Alhaji Aminu Shehu Idris.

AMID the search for new emir, former President, Goodluck Jonathan; his erstwhile deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Namadi Sambo; Yobe State Governor, Maimala Buni; Senate President Ahmed Lawan and other notable personalities visited Zaria yesterday to condole with the people of Kaduna over the death of Emir Shehu Idris.

Emir of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar (left); exchanging greetings with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, when he paid condolence visit to the palace of the late Emir of Zazzau in Zaria…yesterday.

Jonathan said he was at the palace to condole with the Emirate Council and Kaduna indigenes, describing the late monarch as a man of peace who embraced everybody.

He was accompanied by Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle; Amb. Aminu Wali, and former Governor Boni Haruna of Adamawa State, among others. Lawan also described the late emir as peace-loving and an advocate of inter-religious harmony.