Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) petitioned the United Nations Working Group over the dethronement of the Ex-Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.”
SERAP in its complaint to the United Nations described the acused the Kano State Government of degrading treatment of deposed Emir of Kano which amounts to a violation of his human rights.
This was revealed in a statement signed on Thursday by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, in the complaint dated March 11, 2020, and addressed to Mr José Guevara Bermúdez Chairman/Rapporteur of the Working Group.
“The Nigerian and Kano State authorities have violated the following rights under the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 (as amended) and international law in continuing to detain Emir Sanusi: the right to be free from arbitrary detention; the right to freedom of movement; and the right to due process of law.
“The detention of Emir Sanusi constitutes an arbitrary deprivation of his liberty because it does not have any legal justification. The detention also does not meet minimum international standards of due process,” the statement read in part.
SERAP then called on UN Working Group to “initiate a procedure involving the investigation of Emir Sanusi’s case, and urgently send an allegation letter to the Nigerian and Kano State authorities inquiring about the case generally, and specifically about the legal basis for his arrest, detention, and degrading treatment, each of which is in violation of international law.”