The Oasis Reporters
December 2, 2021
Sanusi Lamido: Ganduje’s govt rejects court judgment, reveals next line of action
‘the Nigerian constitution is supreme and any law that is inconsistent with it is null and void’ – High Court
Kano State Government has rejected the judgment made by the Federal High Court declaring the banishment of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, as unlawful and unconstitutional.
The state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Musa Lawan made the submission while reacting to the judgement of the Abuja High Court.
It would be recalled that Kano State government has been ordered to apologize to the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in two national dailies.
The directive was handed down on Tuesday, 30th November 2021 by Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja. She awarded the N10 million compensation against the respondents comprising the police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Attorney-General of Kano State.
According to Ms Chikere, the Nigerian constitution is supreme and any law that is inconsistent with it shall be null and void.
The judge declared that the former emir had the right to live anywhere, including Kano State, as enshrined in the country’s constitution.
But reacting, the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice rejected the court judgment, insisting that Sanusi deserves to be banished.
He added that the Kano state government will be appealing the high court judgment as it contradicts the custom and traditions of Kano people.
“Where a person that is part of the emirate decides to destroy the tradition and custom and do only things that he deems fit will not be allowed,’’ the commissioner told Solace, an online news platform in the state.
“For over 100 years , it has been the tradition and custom in our clime that when an emir is deposed, he is banished to another community and there was nothing unusual in the case of Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II,‘’ Mr Lawan added.