Emir Sanusi’s Banishment  Unlawful – Fed. High Court 

A Federal High Court Judge in Abuja, Justice Anwuli Chikere has declared as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional the ostracism of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Alh. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to Awe, an isolated community in Nasarawa State.

The court maintained that the constraint imposed on Sanusi after his dethronement on March 9, 2020, on indictments of defiance are a clear irrational infringement of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty accorded by the Nigerian constitution.

Justice Chikere agreed with counsel to Sanusi, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, that his client was moved out of Kano to Abuja and later to Awe, in Nasarawa State against his desire.

Justice Chikere further affirmed that the right to freedom of liberty and personal dignity accorded under Section 34 of Nigeria’s constitution cannot be taken away from any Nigerian as done by the Kano Stare Government, The Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS), and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) except with pronounced order of the court.

Thereafter, the judge annulled the arrest, harassment, and ostracism of Sanusi to Abuja and later to Nasarawa State and set it aside on ground of being a violation of his fundamental human rights. A sum of N10 million was awarded to the former Emir as damages to be paid him by the defendants.

The court also issued an order directing the respondents to tender a public apology to Sanusi to be published in two major national dailies for the embarrassment caused him by breaching his fundamental human rights.

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