Sanusi regains freedom, goes to Lagos

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Gov. El-Rufia (seated L), deposed Emir Sanusi (R)

The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, Friday departed Awe, Nasarawa state, where he was relocated to following his dethronement by the Kano state government.

Dependable sources said the dethroned monarch was headed to Abuja, the federal capital, from where he would travel to Lagos, the nation’s economic and business hub.

It was gathered that the former emir departed along with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, of Kaduna state, who paid him a visit on Friday afternoon, March 13

Sanusi’s departure comes after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja granted an interim order releasing him from detention.

Shortly before his departure, The Cable reported that Sanusi’s luggage was being offloaded from the house to cars within his exile home in Awe.

Summit News on Friday morning reported that the Federal High Court in Abuja had ordered the immediate release of dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the Nasarawa confinement where he was banished to by the Kano state government.

Justice Anwuli Chikere made the order in an ex-parte ruling on Friday morning, March 13, after listening to Sanusi’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).
The interim order was directed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Attorney General of Kano state and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

The recipients of the order were named as respondents in the suit filed by Sanusi on Thursday, March 12.

The order is granted that Sanusi’s “rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, (apart from Kano state)” be restored pending the hearing and determination of his originating summons.

Meanwhile, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was granted the honour of leading Friday, March 13’s jummah prayer service in Awe community of Nasarawa state.

According to Daily Nigerian, the former Sarki Kano was given the honour by the Emir of Awe His Royal Highness Umar Isa.

It was gathered that Sanusi led hundred of Muslim faithful including Kaduna governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai who is in the community on a sympathy visit on Friday.

The weekly Muslims service was held at Awe Central Mosque, in Nasarawa state, with Sanusi, whose movement has been restricted since he was controversially banished, taking the lead role.

Sanusi, freedom comes at last

Dethroned Emir Sanusi is heading to Lagos.
The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai, has revealed that the recently dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, is on his way to Lagos.

Governor el-Rufai made this revelation during his visit to Sanusi in the Awe town of Nsarawa where the former traditional ruler was allegedly banished to.

The governor added that Sanusi will get to Lagos through Abuja, Channels TV reports.

This came just a few minutes after Sanusi had departed Awe, Nasarawa state, where he was relocated to following his dethronement by the Kano state government.

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