Fundamental Rights: Abuja Court Nullifies Banishment Of Deposed Emir, Sanusi

An Abuja High Court has dismissed the banishment placed on deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi by the Kano State Government.

Justice Anwuli Chikere in a verdict held that the banishment breached the fundamental rights of the former Emir as well as contravened provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

It would be recalled that the Kano State Government had 9 March, 2020 banished Sanusi to Awe, a remote community in Nasarawa State after it deposed him as Emir of Kano.

Sanusi however approached the Court to challenge the action of the Kano State Government.

Justice Chikere, while delivering judgment in the suit, held that the restrictions placed on Sanusi after his deposition allegation of insubordination was a violation of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty granted by the Nigerian Constitution. The also court awarded the sum of ten million naira as damages against the Kano State Government, Police and the Directorate of State Service, DSS.

She also agreed with Sanusi’s counsel Lateef Fagbemi, that his client was moved out of Kano to Abuja and later to Awe, in Nasarawa state against his wish.

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