Court declares banishment of deposed Kano emir, Sanusi, illegal, awards N10 million compensation

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(Last Updated On: 2021-11-30)

The expulsion of the ousted Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to Awe, Nasarawa State, has been ruled illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Sanusi’s limits imposed following his detention on claims of insubordination on March 9, 2020, are a clear arbitrary breach of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution, according to the court.

Justice Chikere ruled that it was against the constitution for Kano state law to detain the deposed Emir against his will without a proper court order. The court also ruled that the applicant’s (Sanusi) removal from Kano to Abuja and Awa against his will was unconstitutional.

The judge further ruled that the right to liberty and personal dignity guaranteed by Nigeria’s constitution, as exercised by the Kano government, police, Department of State Services (DSS), and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), may only be taken away by express court order.

The applicant’s movement without a legal court was plainly a violation of his rights, unconstitutional, and a breach of his personal liberty, according to the judgment.

Sanusi’s arrest, harassment, and deportation to Abuja and then Nasarawa State was eventually overturned by the judge because it was a breach of his fundamental human rights.

A sum of N 10 million was awarded to the former Emir as damages to be paid to him by the respondents.

The court also issued an order directing the respondents to tender a public apology to Sanusi to be published in two major national dailies for the embarrassment caused by him by breaching his fundamental human rights.

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