The High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of Dethroned Emir Sanusi who was banished and confined to Awe, in Nasarawa state.
Jameela News reports that Lamido Sanusi Lamido, a former Emir of Kano Emirate, was dethroned, arrested, banished and confined on Monday, March 9 by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
According to a statement by Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the Secretary to the Kano State Government, the 14th Emir of the Kano Emirates was dethroned because of his “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the governor and other lawful authorities.”
“The Kano State Executive Council under the chairmanship of His Excellency, the governor of Kano, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has unanimously approved the immediate removal/dethronement of the Emir of Kano Emirate, Muhammad Sanusi II,” the statement continued.
On Friday, Justice Anwuli Chikere at the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the interim order after an ex parte application was moved by Sanusi’s lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).
Justice Chikere ordered the immediate release of the dethroned monarch. She also ordered that the order be served on the respondents to the application.
Jameela News gathered that the respondents to the application are:
- The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu.
- The Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi.
- The Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Mukhtar.
- The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN).
- The judge adjourned the case for further hearing on March 26.
Meanwhile, this reliable news website reported that former Governor of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwaso fingered President Muhammadu Buhari as the one responsible for the deposition of Sanusi.
“You see leaders here in Kano State Government themselves are saying they were given the order to dethrone the Emir. He (President Muhammadu Buhari) is the one that gave them the order,” he said.
Dethroned Emir: Buhari reacts
Reacting to the direct accusation of the President, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity debunked the allegation in a statement titled, “Leave President Buhari out of the Kano emirate issue”.
He said, “President Muhammadu Buhari has no involvement whatsoever in the dethronement of HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II from the position of Emir of Kano. All such insinuations are untrue, malicious and politically motivated.
“The President does not have a history of intervening in the affairs of any state in the country unless the issue at hand is of national consequence. On such matters which impinge on national security, he has a duty of involvement as the law stipulates.
“As outlined in the Constitution, the appointment or removal of emirs and other traditional leaders is strictly within the jurisdiction of state governments. It is unfair and disingenuous of opposition politicians to try to link the situation in Kano State to the federal government and the Nigerian President.
“Although a retired General and former Military Head of State, President Buhari clearly understands that under the current democratic dispensation, the government at the centre cannot read instructions or twist the arms of all or any of the 36 state governments making up the federation.
“They all have their powers specified under the Constitution. President Buhari commends the people of Kano for keeping calm in the past few days of the dethronement announcement.
He prays that the will of Allah will be done at all times and that the emirate/state and its people continue to experience progress irrespective of who is on the throne.”