- The Federal High Court in the FCT has ordered the Kano government to release Sanusi from the confinement where he was banished to
- The Kano government had banished Sanusi to Nasarawa after dethroning him as the 14th Emir of Kano
- The court's interim order is directed to the police IG, the director-general of the DSS, the Attorney General of Kano state the AGF
The Federal High Court in Abuja has reportedly ordered the immediate release of dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the Nasarawa confinement where he was banished to by the Kano state government.
The Nation reports that Justice Anwuli Chikere made the order in an ex-parte ruling on Friday morning, March 13, after listening to Sanusi's lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).
Legit.ng gathers that the order which is interim is directed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Attorney General of Kano state and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
The recipients of the order were named as respondents in the suit filed by Sanusi on Thursday, March 12.
The order is granted that Sanusi's "rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, (apart from Kano state)" be restored pending the hearing and determination of his originating summons.
Recall that Sanusi was earlier relocated from his residence in Loko, a town in Nasarawa state, where he was first banished to.
Sanusi, shortly after arriving the town, was airlifted in a helicopter to another town, Awe, also in Nasarawa.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), also a lawyer to Sanusi, said the dethroned monarch would contest the decision of the state government in a court of law.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, March 10, Mahmood said that both the exile and sack of the monarch constitute a violation of his fundamental human rights.
In a related development, Nigeria's Nobel laureate and playwright, Wole Soyinka, has reacted to the dethronement of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.
Soyinka said the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, lacked friends who could have advised him against the dethronement of Sanusi.
Soyinka narrated how a monarch in his home state of Ogun was almost removed but for the intervention of the governor’s friends who pleaded with him to give a second thought over the move.
In another report, days after Sanusi was removed from office by Ganduje, his expansive library catalogued with over 40,000 books and journals has been successfully evacuated from the palace.
Mujtaba Abba, the dethroned Emir’s principal private secretary, confirmed this in an interview with Daily Nigerian.
He noted that the books were taken to a safe location within the ancient city of Kano state.
Abba said: “High Highness’ greatest concern was the fate of his books, so my sister and I stayed behind to ensure that we evacuated all the books. It took us sleepless nights to accomplish the task in two days.”
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