In the Hausa States, each state was ruled by a Sarki or king, who had religious, political and judicial powers over the people. Again, there was the council of states that assisted the Sarki.
Also, there were the senior councilors that comprised ofGaladima (capital city administrator), Madawaki (Commander of the army), Yari(Head of Prisons), Dogari (Head of the king’s bodyguards/police), Waziri (Prime minister) etc.
Moreover, the chief Alkali and other learned judges (Quadis and Alkali) were responsible for the judicial matters They were equally responsible to the Sarki (king). Equally, there existed the rulers (Saranta) and commoners (Talakawa)