COURT DECLARES EMIR EMIR MUHAMMADU SANUSI BANISHMENT UNLAWFUL.

THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT SITTING IN ABUJA HAS DECLARED AS ILLEGAL, UNLAWFUL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL, THE BANISHMENT OF THE DEPOSED EMIR OF KANO, MUHAMMADU SUNUSI TO AWE, A COMMUNITY IN NASARAWA STATE.

JUSTICE ANWULI CHIKERE HELD THAT THE RESTRICTIONS PLACED ON SANUSI AFTER HIS DEPOSITION ON MARCH 9, 2020 ON ALLEGATION OF INSUBORDINATION WAS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF HIS RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND PERSONAL LIBERTY AS GUARANTEED BY THE CONSTITUTION.

JUSTICE CHIKERE AGREED WITH PRINCE LATEEF FAGBEMI SAN, COUNSEL TO SANUSI THAT HIS CLIENT WAS MOVED OUT OF KANO TO ABUJA AND LATER TO AWE, IN NASARAWA STATE AGAINST HIS WISH
THE COURT FURTHER HELD THAT THE RIGHTS TO FREEDOM OF LIBERTY AND PERSONAL DIGNITY GRANTED UNDER SECTION 34 OF NIGERIA’S CONSTITUTION CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY AS DONE BY KANO GOVERNMENT,EXCEPT BY THE ORDER OF COURT.
A SUM OF 10 MILLION NAIRA WAS AWARDED IN FAVOUR OF THE DEPOSED EMIR AS DAMAGES TO BE PAID TO HIM BY THE RESPONDENT.
THE COURT IN ADDITION ISSUED AN ORDER DIRECTING THE RESPONDENT TO TENDER PUBLIC APOLOGY TO SANUSI TO BE PUBLISHED IN TWO MAJOR NATIONAL DAILIES FOR THE EMBARRASSMENT CAUSED HIM FOR BREACHING HIS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS.

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