The Inspector General of Police has ordered the immediate release of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The release followed the grant of an order of his release in line with the prayers of the exparte motion filed on the deposed Emir’s behalf by his lawyers.
Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday granted an interim order releasing the deposed Monarch from detention and directed that the order for his release should be served on the respondents to the application.
The respondents to the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/357/2020 are, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN).
The judge has therefore fixed March 26, 2020, for the hearing of the main suit challenging his detention.
The former Emir had earlier on Thursday approached the court 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.”