Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja has declared as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional the banishment of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to Awe, a remote community in Nasarawa State.
The court held that the restrictions placed on Sanusi after his deposition on March 9, 2020 on allegation of insubordination were clear arbitrary violations of his right to freedom of movement and personal liberty granted by the Nigerian constitution.
Justice Chikere was consensus ad idem 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.
She further held that the right to freedom of liberty and personal dignity granted under section 34 of Nigeria’s constitution coukd not be taken away as done by Kano government, Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and AGF except with express order of court.
The judge subsequently voided the arrest, harrassment and banishment of Sanusi to Abuja and later to Nasarawa state and set it aside on grounds of being infringements on his fundermental human rights.
A sum of N10m was awarded to the former Emir as damages to be paid to him by the respondents.
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 in the cause of breaching his rights.