Former Emir of Kano, lamido Sanusi leads Jumat service at Awe.
Emotions were high Friday when the mother of the deposed Emir of Kano visited her son, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in his two bedrooms Awe Bunk in Nasarawa State after the Jumat service.
Mama was helped down from a jeep accompanied by two elderly women and they waded through a small crowd that was already gathered there to go see her son inside. We were told she earnestly prayed for her son’s success in life in a near tears prayer line.
Someone had corrected Patmos Media Line that the deposed Emir actually led the Jumat service at the Awe central mosque and the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir ElRufai was in tow.
Governor ElRufai at the Jumat Service.
Some aides were seen packing the luggage of the deposed Emir which was put in the boot of a Jeep.
When departure time came, a Channels Tv video showed that Sanusi was the last to come out of the room and some Emirs including the Emir of Awe were seen bowing to him. Sanusi had changed into an all-white garment while he came out behind Governor ElRufai.
Governor El Rufai said the judgment releasing him states that he is free to go anywhere including Kano but he chose Lagos where his family is already. “Emir Sanusi has been my friend who stood by me through the travails of my life and I owe him a great responsibility to also stand by him in these times”.
Channels TV had a privilege to show video clip of the vast compound, German wired fence, big generator to power the compound with a big sliding gate. It was said the compound is bore hole powered.
The long convoy gently waded through the dusty bumpy Awe road with the deposed Emir seated behind the driver while ElRufai sat at the ‘owners’ corner grinning like a school boy as the twosome waved endlessly at the crowd that ran after the convoy on leg.
The convoy stopped at to greet the Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Sule in Lafia. They then headed for the Abuja airport, en route Lagos where he had chosen to stay initially.
The deposed Emir was initially taken to Loko town instead of Doma before they moved him to Awe a more exposed town of the old Benue-Plateau region.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had ordered the immediate release of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from his purported isolated confinement or detention.
Justice Anwuli Chikere gave the order on Friday after listening to the motion ex parte moved by Sanusi’s lead Lawyer, Chief Lateef Fagbemi.
The order directed at all the respondents in the case over the deprivation of Sanusi’s human rights states: “An interim order of this honorable court releasing the applicant from the detention and or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicants rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determinations of the applicants originating summons”.
Justice Chikere also granted that the applicant leave to serve a copy of the release order and the processes in relation to the substantive suit on the respondents through substituted means. That means through any officer working in their office. The case continues for hearing on March 26.
- By Eniola Olatunji.