Banishment: Lamido Sanusi Kicks, Sues FG, Kano Govt

  • Seeks enforcement of  fundamental rights

Moving against the age-long cultural norm and established traditional practices, the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has challenged the restriction of his movement and banishment to Awe community in Nasarawa State by the Kano State government and Nigerian state

In an expected fight back to address perceived infringement on his fundamental human rights, Sanusi is asking the court to declare the restriction of his movement, in the guise of banishment or otherwise, as unlawful and against the provisions of 1999 Nigerian constitution as amended.

The deposed royal father is also praying the court to restore his right to dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement as contained in the Nigerian constitution.

The fundamental rights enforcement suit was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, March 12, 2020 by a team of about 30 lawyers, including 12 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), led by Prince Lateef Fagbemi.

Among defendants in the suit are the Inspector General of Police (IGP); Kano State Attorney General; the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS); and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF)

According to Sanusi, all those mentioned in the case, their proxies and agents were openly and deliberately violating his constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of movement.

He is therefore praying the court to declare his current banishment to Nasarawa State as illegal and therefore null and void.

In a sudden announcement considered as politically-motivated in some quarters, the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led Kano State Government had on Monday, March 9, 2020 dethroned Muhamnadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano citing alleged insubordination as the reason for its action.

The former Emir was initially taken to Loko Town and later moved to Awe both in Nasarawa State for security reasons.

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