Sanusi leaves Awe after judicial victory

Muhammad Sanusi II, former emir of Kano, has left Awe, a town in Nasarawa where he was banished to after his dethronement.

Sanusi is riding in the same vehicle as Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, who visited him on his third day in detention.

A federal high court in Abuja had ordered the immediate release of Sanusi.

On Thursday, Lateef Fagbemi, a senior advocate of Nigeria, filed an exparte motion for the release of Muhammad Sanusi II from confinement in Awe.

Fagbemi prayed that the court order Sanusi’s 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.”

Anwuli Chikere, the presiding judge, granted the prayers of Sanusi’s counsel, stating that the order for the release of the deposed emir be served the respondents to the application.

The respondents to the application are, Muhammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP); Yusuf Bichi, the director-general of the Department of State Service (DSS); Ibrahim Muktar, the attorney-general of Kano State, and Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation (AGF).

Sanusi arrived Awe on Tuesday, and has been in confinement since then, receiving state visitors and family members.

On Friday, he stepped out for the first time to lead prayers at the Awe Central Mosque, located within the palace of the emir of Awe.

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