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Court Declares Banishment Of Deposed Kano Emir, Sanusi, Illegal

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The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, declared the banishment of deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, from Kano State as unlawful and unconstitutional.

Delivering judgement in Sanusi’s suit, the judge, Anwuli Chikere, awarded N10 million compensation to him and against the respondents comprising the police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Attorney-General of Kano State.

She also ordered them to tender a public apology to him in two national dailies.

She held that the Emirate Council Law, 2019, relied on by the Kano State government in banishing Sanusi was in conflict with the Nigerian constitution.

According to Ms Chikere, the Nigerian constitution is supreme and any law that is inconsistent with it shall be null and void.

The judge declared that the former emir had the right to live anywhere, including Kano State, as enshrined in the country’s constitution.

The Kano State Government had on 9 March, 2020 deposed Sanusi after which security agents moved him to Abuja.

The Kano State Government, through Usman Alhaji, the secretary to the state government, had said in a statement, that Sanusi was dethroned because of insubordination.

 

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