Sanusi sues IGP, DSS, others, seeks court order for immediate release from detention
Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II
Dethroned Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to enforce his fundamental rights.
The former Emir is seeking an interim order of the court directing his immediate release from detention.
He prayed the court to order his release from “the detention and or confinement of the respondents and to restore his 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.”
Cited as respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020, are the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Service, the Attorney-General of Kano State and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Sanusi, who was deposed as Emir by the Kano State government last Monday was taken to Awe in Nasarawa State where he is said to have been in confinement after security operatives stormed the palace.
The suit reads in part:
“Considering the status of the respondents, it would be difficult to effect personal service on the first, second and third respondents unless his application is granted”.
“The respondents will have knowledge of the originating motion for the enforcement of the applicant’s fundamental right if they are served by substituted means, as stated on the motion paper”.
“Applicant’s fundamental right to life, human dignity, personal liberty and movement are seriously under challenge and continually being breached by the respondents”.
“Exceptional hardship shall be caused to the applicant before the service and hearing of the originating motion for the enforcement of his fundamental right”.