Lawyers representing former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II have clarified that their client only asked them to work towards attaining his constitutional rights to freedom of movement and personal liberty, not to challenge his dethronement.
A.B. Mahmoud, SAN who spoke on behalf of the former emir’s legal team told journalists on Tuesday that the their client was opposed to his banishment to an undesirable destination in Nassarawa, saying such an action was not backed by the laws of the land, as the basis of the denial of personal liberty set out clearly in Section 35 of the constitution did not apply to the case of the Emir.
Mr Mahmoud however said “the decision to challenge the removal is solely that of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II. At this moment no such instruction has been given to us.”
He was emphatic that the emir was only concerned with his personal liberty at the moment.
“According to instructions we received from the Emir through his Chief of Staff, we are directed to take legal action to challenge the legality of the Emirs detention and banishment. We are of the firm view that this action is illegal and unconstitutional. Section 35 of our constitution guarantees every citizen the right to personal liberty. The basis of the denial of personal liberty are set out clearly in this Section of the Constitution. None applies to the case of the Emir,’ he said.