A high court in Nigeria’s Kano State has annulled the creation of four new emirates in the ancient Kano territory.

In May, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje announced a decision to carve out the over 200 -year old emirate. He followed through with the decision by carving out four additional emirates, namely Kano, Rano, Gaya, Karaye and Bichi and appointed Emirs for each. Among other things, he argued that the new territories will augur well for the development of the area.

Lawmakers in the state legislature voted to allow for the break, but a last-minute court order halted the creation. Presiding judge, Justice Usman Na’abba ruled that the creation of the emirates was not in accordance with due process.

The governor dismissed the ruling, indicating that the court had not communicated its order. The creation of the region, he argued, “is the popular wish of our people,” adding that it “will also go a long way in hastening growth and development in the state.”