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Banishment of deposed emir Sanusi unlawful, unconstitutional – Court

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Banishment of deposed emir Sanusi unlawful, unconstitutional – Court

Banning of the deposed emir Sanusi illegal, unconstitutional – Tribunal

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Sanusi, who was dethroned on March 9, 2020, had sued the Inspector General (IG) of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) on March 12, 2020 for what he called “illegal detention / confinement.”

A Federal High Court, Abuja, declared on Tuesday that the exile of the deposed Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II from Kano state was illegal and unconstitutional.

Judge Anwuli Chikere, in a ruling, held that the 2019 Emirate Council Act, which used the government to banish Sanusi, was in conflict with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

According to Chikere, the constitution of this country is supreme and any law that is incompatible with it will be null and void.

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

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Sanusi, who was dethroned on March 9, 2020, had sued the Inspector General (IG) of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) on March 12, 2020 for what he called “illegal detention / confinement.”

They also joined the motion with the claim number: FHC / ABJ / CS / 357/2020 are the Kano State Attorney General and the Federation Attorney General as the third and fourth respondents, respectively.

Although Sanusi did not challenge his dethronement, the former emir nonetheless requested a provisional court order releasing him from the arrest and / or confinement of the defendants and restoring his right to human dignity and personal liberty.

He also challenged those reported for harassing him and violating his rights.

Judge Chikere, who crossed out the AGF’s name from the lawsuit, also prevented the first, second and third respondents from harassing him further.

The court, which awarded a fine of 10 million naira against the first, second and third respondents, also ordered them to present a public apology in two national newspapers.

Source: NAN

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