We’ll challenge Sanusi’s illegal detention, banishment — Legal team


March 11, 2020

The legal team of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, declared yesterday, that his detention and banishment by the state government would be challenged in court.

This came as the dethroned emir said he took his dethronement in good faith, linking his removal to God.

This is even as uncertainty, yesterday, trailed the whereabouts of Sanusi who was reportedly flown out of Government House, Lafia, in a helicopter to an unknown destination but Vanguard gathered that he was moved to a local community in Awe Local Government Area, which is about 60km from the state capital.

Leader of the legal team, Abubakar Mahmud, SAN, who noted that the action of the government was illegal, said: ‘’This action in our view is illegal and unconstitutional. The Kano State Emirate Council Law which was recently enacted by the government of Kano State does not give the State Executive Council or the governor of Kano State the powers to unilaterally remove the emir.

‘’The reason given in the letter of deposition of the Emir, dated March 9, 2020, was alleged ‘disrespect to lawful instructions from the authorities’. The Emir was also alleged to have ‘refused to attend official programmes and meetings organized by the government.

‘’As far as we are aware, there has not been any notice of such disrespect ever given to the Emir or query issued to him for refusal to attend official functions. He was never given any opportunity to defend himself against those charges.

‘’Section 13 of the Kano Emirates Council Law 2019 cited in the letter of deposition empowers the governor to depose an Emir only after due inquiry and in consultation with State Council of Chiefs.

‘’We are not aware of such due inquiry nor are we aware that the Kano State Council of Chiefs was at any time summoned to any meeting much less discuss the removal of the Emir or give any advice to the governor on the deposition.

‘’Muhammadu Sanusi II was the Chairman of the Council and if such meeting was summoned, he would have been aware. He would have informed us. In our view, the action was patently illegal and unconstitutional and a clear abuse of power.

- Vanguard

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