Amnesty International wants Nigerian authorities to respect Sanusi’s human rights

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Amnesty International on Tuesday called on Nigerian authorities to respect the human rights of former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi  to dignity, freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

The group called on the Nigerian authorities to take steps to protect and respect the former Emir’s fundamental human rights in accordance to the rule of law.

The International Human Right Watch group said restricting the former emir and placing him incommunicado violated his human rights as protected under the constitution and international human rights law.

“Restricting the former emir and placing him incommunicado violates his human rights as protected under the constitution and international human rights law.  Amnesty International calls on the Nigerian authorities to take steps to protect and respect the former Emir’s fundamental human rights in accordance to the rule of law,” the group said.

Muhammadu Sanusi II was the 14th Emir of Kano from the Fulani Sullubawa clan.

He ascended the throne in 2014, following the death of his granduncle Ado Bayero. On 9 March 2020, he was deposed by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.

Tolu Ogunlesi, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said sitting governors could exercise powers over royal institutions within their jurisdiction.

 

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