An Abuja Federal High Court has ordered the immediate release of the dethroned Kano emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, from confinement/detention.
Judge Anwuli Chikere issued the order in an ex-parte decision on Friday morning, after hearing Sanusi’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), who argued an ex-parte motion to that effect.
The interim order is addressed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Attorney General of Kano and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) – all appointed as respondents in an action of fundamental rights enforcement presented on March 12, 2020 by Sanusi.
Judge Chikere, in the decision, said: “A provisional order from this honorable court releasing the applicant from detention or confinement of the interviewees and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal freedom, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria (in addition to Kano State) until the hearing and determination of the applicant’s original subpoena. ”
The judge also granted the claimant permission to serve a copy of the release order and the processes related to the respondents’ substantive process by substituted means.
Judge Chikere allowed Sanusi to serve the defendants in the following manner: At the IGP, through any officer in his office at the police headquarters at Louis Edet House, Garki, Abuja; at DG DSS, through any officer at DSS headquarters in Aso Drive, Abuja; in the Kano State GA, through any official of the state Ministry of Justice, Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano, and in the AGF, through any official of the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.
Sanusi is, through the substantive process, challenging his alleged ban on a community in Nasarawa, arguing that this restriction violated his constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Details coming soon …