Sanusi: Government action unconstitutional, illegal – Don

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By AbdulFatai Beki

Ilorin – Prof. Muhammed Akanbi, a lecturer with the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, has described the banishment of the deposed Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido-Sanusi II, as unconstitutional, illegal and violation of his fundamental human rights.

Akanbi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Illorin.

The legal luminary, who described the banishment of the deposed monarch from to Awe in Nasarawa as a colonial practice, added it was also an infringement on his fundamental human rights.

“The banishment was a colonial rule which the military regimes imbibed after independence. Every Nigerian, regardless of status is free to live in any part of the country.

“So, the decision of the Kano Government to banish the deposed emir is an infringement on his rights,” the don said.

He, however, explained government should allow the deposed Emir sign an undertaking to ensure that his presence in Kano would not constitute security threat.

Akanbi advised Nigerian leaders to always abide by rules guiding constitutional democracy to have good governance worthy of emulation.

NAN recalls Sanusi II was deposed by the Kano government on and immediately appointed Aminu Ado Bayero as his successor.

The deposed Emir, who was former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, was dethroned by the government because of alleged insurbodination. (NAN)