Dethronement: Sanusi Heads To Court       

Funsho Akinwale

The ousted Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, on Tuesday, vowed to challenge his dethronement and banishment in the court of law.

The vow was made in a statement released to the media by his legal team, headed by Abubakar Muhammed who described the action of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

“The Kano State Emirate Council Law which was recently enacted by the Government of Kano State does not give the State Executive Council or the Governor of Kano State the powers to unilaterally remove the emir,” Muhammed stated.

“The reason given in the letter of deposition of the Emir dated 9th March, 2020, was alleged ‘disrespect to lawful instructions from the authorities.’

“The Emir was also alleged to have ‘refused to attend official programmes and meetings organised by the government.

“As far as we are aware, there has not been any notice of such disrespect ever given to the Emir or query issued to him for refusal to attend official functions.

“He was never given any opportunity to defend himself against those charges. Section 13 of the Kano Emirates Council Law 2019 cited in the letter of deposition empowers the governor to depose an Emir only after due inquiry and in consultation with State Council of Chiefs.

“We are not aware of such due inquiry nor are we aware that the Kano State Council of Chiefs was at any time summoned to any meeting much less discuss the removal of the Emir or give any advice to the governor on the deposition.

“Muhammadu Sanusi II was the Chairman of the Council and if such meeting was summoned, he would have been aware.”

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