Federal High Court in Abuja has directed the quick release of dethroned Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from confinement/detention.
Justice Anwuli Chikere issued the order in an ex parte ruling on Friday morning after hearing Sanusi’s counsel, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) who filed a motion ex parte to that effect.
The order, made interim, is actually directed at the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Attorney General of The Attorney and kano State General of the Federation (AGF) – who are named as respondents in a basic rights execution suit filed on March twelve, 2020, by Sanusi.
Justice Chikere, in the ruling, said: “An interim order of this distinguished court releasing the applicant from the detention and or maybe detention of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of movement and association in Nigeria, (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the applicant’s originating summons.”
The judge even given the applicant leave to serve a copy of the release order and also the processes in relation to the substantive suit on the respondents through substituted means.
Justice Chikere allowed Sanusi to serve the defendants in the following manner: On the IGP, through any officer in the office of his at the police headquarters at Louis Edet Home, Garki, Abuja on the DG DSS, through any officer at the DSS headquarters at Aso Drive in Abuja on the Kano State AG, through any other officer at the state’s Ministry of Justice, Audu Bako Secretariat, Kano, and also on the AGF, through any officer at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Abuja.
Sanusi is actually, by the substantive suit, challenging his purported banishment to a community in Nasarawa State, arguing that such restriction violated his constitutionally assured rights.