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Kano: How the dethronement can be reversed – Sanusi’s lawyer

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Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN), lawyer to the deposed Emir, has said the removal of the former Emir can be reversed.

The removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano can be reversed in the court of law, one of the former monarch’s senior lawyers, Abubakar noted

It should be noted that Sanusi was unanimously dethroned on Monday by the Kano State Government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who immediately announced a replacement for the former governor of Central Bank.

But Sanusi’s lawyer said that the removal was not surprising though most embarrassing giving that Sanusi was not given any fair hearing just as due process was not observed in the matter.

Mahmoud, who spoke on Channels Television said though Sanusi was yet to make a decision whether to challenge his removal in court or not but had he decided to seek redress, the decision of the Kano State government would be reversed.

He said, “He has been in various legal tussles with the state government over the last two to three years. So, this did not come to us as a surprise. We were so much embarrassed at the manner in which it was done without giving him any fair hearing or observing any due process.

“However, the government has announced its decision dethroning him and he was this evening (Monday evening) taken into custody and flown to Abuja. We are going to be in touch with him to discuss which line of action to take as his lawyers. And we as lawyers, of course, we believe that this action was illegal and unconstitutional. And more so, the aspect of banishment, under the constitution, nobody can be deprived of his liberty under the manner he has been deprived of his. Nevertheless, we will be in touch with him and hopefully, come up with the next line of action in due course.”

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