Court orders eviction of Sanusi from Emir’s Palace

A Federal High Court has ordered the removal of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II from Kofar Kudu Palace. There have been legal tussles in the last few days over the legality of who occupies the position of Emir of Kano between the former Central Bank Governor Muhammadu Sanusi II and Dr Aminu Ado Bayero.

In a statement on May 28, the Federal High Court presided by Justice S. A. Amobeda, who gave the exparte order, said it was granted in the interest of justice and maintaining peace in Kano state.

The order with suit no FHC/KN//CS/190/2024 asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, and the Kano state Police Commissioner, Hussain Gumel, to ensure that all rights and privileges granted to Dr. Aminu Ado Bayero as the substantive Emir of Kano is given to him.

The directive by the Federal High Court came against the backdrop of an order by the Kano State High Court presided by Justice Amina Aliyu ordering the Police, DSS and the military to evict Emir Lamido Sanusi from his Palace.

The Federal High Court ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, the Nigeria Army, the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) and other security agencies in Kano to adhere to the directive.

The Court, upon hearing a motion ex-parte by M.L Yusufari (SAN) and other legal experts on behalf of Emir Ado Bayero, also restrained the security agencies, either by themselves, their agents, servants, privies, or any other person or authority, from inviting, arresting, detaining, threatening, intimidating, or harassing Emir Ado Bayero pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.
The Court further restrained the Police from denying Emir Bayero the use of his official residence and Palace, the Emir’s Palace, Kofar Kudu, as well as enjoyment of all rights and privileges accrued to him by being Emir of Kano.

Earlier,a Kano state high court had ordered the protection of the reinstated Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano. The court also ordered the DSS, Police and the Nigerian Army to protect the four kingmakers who filed the suit.

Justice Amina Adamu Aliyu’s judgment came a day after he ordered the eviction of the deposed Emir Aminu Ado Bayero.

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