The government of Kano state, the inspector-general of police (IGP), and the Department of State Services (DSS) will pay N10 million in damages to Muhammadu Sanusi II, former Emir of Kano.
The development is part of the judgement delivered by federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday in a suit challenging the Legality of Sanusi banishment from Kano state after his dethronement.
The presiding judge, Anwuli Chikere, averred that the banishment of Sanusi infringed on his fundamental human rights, hence as illegal. and unconstitutional.
Chikere also ordered the Kano state government to tender an apology to the dethroned Emir.
The respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 are IGP, director-general of the DSS, the attorney-general of Kano, and the attorney-general of the federation.
Recall that the government of Abdullahi Ganduje had deposed Sanusi as Emir on March 9, 2020, over what he called insubordination and disrespect to the governor’s office.
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Sanusi was subsequently banished and taken to Awe LGA in Nasarawa, where he was confined until he was released on March 13, 2020, following an interim order for his release.
During the adoption of his final brief of argument, Abubakar Mahmoud, Sanusi’s lawyer, had disclosed that his client was not challenging his dethronement.
According to Mahmoud, his client is seeking redress over grave violation of his fundamental rights as a result of the unpleasant treatment meted out to him after he was deposed.
The judge, however, struck out the name of the AGF as a respondent in the suit.
She also restrained the first, second, and third respondents from harassing the Sanusi.