The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered that the dethroned Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, who was banished to Awe, a town in Nasarawa State, should be granted the freedom of movement to anywhere in Nigeria with the exception of Kano State.
Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the interim order following an ex parte application moved by his lead counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) on Friday.
Justice Chikere, in the ruling, said: “An interim order of this honourable court releasing the applicant from the detention and or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria, (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s originating summons.”
The judge also ordered that the order for the release of the deposed monarch should be served on the respondents to the application.
The respondents to the application are, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The judge fixed March 26 for further hearing in the case.
Lamido Sanusi was dethroned on Monday.