Court orders release of Sanusi from confinement

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, from confinement in Nasarawa.

Ruling in an ex-parte motion on Friday, Justice Anwuli Chikere gave the order after listening to Sanusi’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi.

Sanusi had filed the fundamental rights suit on Thursday and listed as respondents the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

“An interim order of this honourable court releasing the applicant from the detention and or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s 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,” the judge said.

Justice Chikere also granted the applicant leave to serve a copy of the release order and the processes in relation to the substantive suit on the respondents through substituted means.

The case was adjourned until March 26 for further hearing.