A Federal High Court in Abuja has on March 13 granted an interim order releasing deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi from confinement.
It will be recalled the Emir was dethroned on March 9 by the Kano state government under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and was subsequently banished to Nasarawa State where he has reportedly been in confinement.
Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers on the exparte motion filed on behalf of the deposed Emir by Mr Lateef Fagbemi SAN.
The judge also notes that the order for the release of the deposed monarch should be served on the respondents to the application.
The order, made interim, is directed at the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) – who are all named as respondents in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed on March 12, 2020 by Sanusi.
The judge has therefore fixed March 26, 2020, for the hearing of the main suit challenging his detention.
The former Emir had earlier on March 12 approached the court seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.
He prayed the court to order his release from “the detention and or confinement of the respondents and to restore his 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 summons.”