Sanusi Muhammadu Sanusi, the dethroned emir of Kano has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from the post-dethronement detention and confinement.
Mr Sanusi was deposed following a resolution of the Kano State Executive Council on March 9, on allegations of insubordination.
Following his sack, he was taken to Awe in Nasarawa State and he has been detained in an apartment in the town since then.
His team of lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi, on Thursday, filed a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 before the court.
The suit, filed on Thursday, was brought pursuant to section 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the 1999 Constitution and Order 4 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court
Mr Sanusi is asking for, “An interim order of this Honourable Court releasing the Applicant from the detention and/or confinement of the Respondents and restoring the Applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, [apart from Kano State] pending the hearing and determination of the Applicant’s Originating Motion.”
Upon granting the above request, the former Central Bank Governor(CBN) is also urging the court to make, “An order granting leave to the Applicant to effect service of this order alongside the originating motion and subsequent processes’” on all the respondents.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu; the Director-General of the State Security Services(SSS), Yusuf Bichi; Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; are the first, second, third and fourth respondents respectively.
Premised on six grounds, the suit stated that, “Applicant’s fundamental right to life, human dignity, personal liberty and moverment are seriously under challenge and continually being breached by the Respondents.”
Many Nigerian lawyers have condemned the dethronement and banishment of the emir to Nasarawa, saying he was not granted fair hearing before the dethronement and such banishment violates his freedom of movement.