Just in: Court orders immediate release of deposed Emir Sanusi

Muhammadu Sanusi II

Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered immediate release of deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is currently confined to Awe town, Nasarawa State, after his dethronement and banishment last Monday by the state government.
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Justice Chikere gave the order for the release of the Emir  in an ex-parte motion brought by Sanusi’s lawyers.
The Court also granted the prayers for all the respondents to be served through substituted means should it become impossible to personally effect the service.
The deposed Emir had on Thursday, dragged the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police, Mohammed Adamu; Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, to the Federal High Court, Abuja, over his alleged detention.
Also joined in a motion ex-parte with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020, filed by his team of lawyers led by Lateef  Fagbemi, SAN, who is leading the legal team are the Attorney General of  Kano State and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as 3rd and 4th respondents respectively.
Sanusi, who is currently confined to Awe, a town in Nasarawa State, brought the application pursuant to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Articles 5, 6. 10 and 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, among others.
The deposed emir sought for an interim order of the court releasing him from the detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s right 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.
“An order granting leave to the applicant to effect service of this order alongside the originating motion and subsequent processes to any officer in the office of the 1st respondent at the headquarters,” among other requests.
According to him, it is in the interest of justice to grant this application.