A Federal High Court in Abuja under the ruling of Justice Anwuli Chikere on Tuesday declared that the banishment of dethroned Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II from Kano State was unlawful and unconstitutional, adding that the former emir had the right to live anywhere, including Kano State, as preserved in the Nigerian constitution.
Justice Chikere in a judgement held that the Emirate Council Law, 2019, used by the Kano state government in banishing Sanusi was in conflict with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended. He said the constitution of the country is supreme and any law that is not consistent with it shall be null and void.
Sanusi, who was dethroned on March 9, 2020, had on March 12, 2020, in a suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020, sued the Inspector-General of Police and Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Attorney-General of Kano State and Attorney General of the Federation over what he called “unlawful detention/confinement.”
Sanusi, who did not challenge his dethronement, sought an interim order of the court release him from detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring his right to human dignity, personal liberty. He also challenged the respondents for harassing him and violating his rights.
Justice Chikere, who struck out the name of the AGF from the suit, restrained the 1st, (Inspector-General of Police), 2nd (Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS) and 3rd (Attorney-General of Kano State) respondents from further harassing him.
The court, therefore awarded a N10 million fine against the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents and ordered them to tenders a public apology in two national dailies.