A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the immediate release of the ousted Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, from confinement and detention.
Justice Anwuli Chikere delivered his final judgement after listening to the prayer of Sanusi’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).
The order directed 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.
“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 summons,” the Justice stated.
The former CBN governor had approached the court to challenge his purported banishment to a community in Nasarawa State.
He argued that such restriction violated his constitutionally guaranteed rights.