Justice Anwuli I. Chikere of the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday ordered the immediate release of the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Justice Chikere gave the order in an ex-parte application broght by Sanusi’s legal team, granting the prayers to serve all respondents through substituted means if serving them personally proves difficult.
Hearing in the case has been fixed for March 26, 2020.
Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN led 43 other lawyers, inclusive of 11 senior advocates of Nigeria, on Thursday, to file a fundamental human rights enforcement application on behalf of former emir.
The application, which joined the inspector-general of police, the director-general of the state security service, the attorney-general of Kano State and the attorney-general of the federation as co-respondents, sought the court’s declaration “that the Respondents have no power to place the Applicant under house arrest, restrict his movement and/or to eventually relocate him to anywhere either within or outside Kano State without a valid court order or consent of the applicant freely given.”
They also sought a declaration that the relocation of the former emir from Kano to Awe, Nassarawa State or elsewhere in Nigeria was unlawful, unconstitutional and constitutes an infringement of his fundamental human rights to human dignity, right to personal liberty and right to freedom of movement.
Sanusi’s lawyers insisted that his continued confinement and restriction of movement in Awe under the command of the respondents was unlawful, unconstitutional.
They said the mental torture and degrading human condition he was subjected to was equally illegal and unconstitutional.
They also requested for an end to the banishment of the former emir and release him unconditionally while tendering an apology to him in three national dailies.