Former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in Amotekun outfit.
Deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Thursday sued the Kano State government for his illegal detention in an Abuja High Court.
In the suit filed by Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) argued that their client has been demeaned and his personal liberty tampered with.
Listed as respondents are the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Director General of the DSS and the Attorney General of Kano State.
There was hint that the dethronement and banishment of the former of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi may soon be a subject of litigation going by the words of Kano Elders and the private lawyer of the ousted Emir.
The Kano Elders, which is an auspices for a united Advocates for a united Kano described the dethronement as sad, unfortunate and illegal.
Alhaji Bashir Uthman Tofa who spoke on behalf of the group said the group has vowed to challenge the Kano State Government in court.
“In particular, we have vowed to sustain our judicial challenge to the unlawful law passed by the State House of Assembly under which the Governor purportedly removed the Emir”.
The group urged the people of Kano to remain calm and not resort to violence.
The deposed Emir’s private Lawyer, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) who spoke with Channels Television said the Kano State action was illegal and unconstitutional.
Mr. Mahmoud said his client; the deposed Emir has been in various legal tussles with the state government over the last two to three years. We are not surprised but embarrassed at the manner it was done without giving him fair hearing or observe due process.
Mr. Mahmoud and lawyers from his chambers addressing the Press.
Mr. Mahmoud said there are two issues in this case which are dethronement and banishment stating that on that of banishment, nobody can be deprived of his fundamental right to free movement.
He disclosed that The Kano State Government has denied him of contact with his client and as soon as there is contact, the nation will know the next line of action.
Latest report said Mr. Mahmoud has gotten the Emir’s permission to go to court through his Chief of Staff and has warned that if the Police, DSS and other security outfits do not release his client to be reconciled with his family within three days, they would be forced to take action.
The lawyer cited the case of Mustapha Jokolo v AG of Kebbi State which the Nigerian court of Appeal pronounced as illegal and unconstitutional and gross violation of the Emir’s right.
An attempt to get the mind of legal pundits on the issue raised more questions than answers as the Senior Advocates said the case lack merit as there was no verdict from the State House of Assembly which had no agreed discussion but fisticuffs so what did they pass to government. Government had announced the dethronement while the House was still in session.
They said there was no evidence whatsoever that the Kano State government tried the Emir or gave him fair hearing which an aberration is in law.
Attempt to confirm that some activists were planning to sue the Kano State Government proved abortive as Chief Femi Falana (SAN) who is said would lead the team of Lawyers told Patmos Media Line that he is very busy holding meetings,
According to the law a Governor has the constitutional right to dethrone an Emir or Oba but to banish him is now ancient to the law.
- Eniola Olatunji.