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Ganduje needs help as COVID-19 cases surge in Kano. [Nigeria]


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The Kano State Government says it has placed an order for the production of one million face masks as part of efforts aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje made this known while addressing journalists in the state on Saturday.

The move is in line with the government’s plan to make the wearing of face masks compulsory.

“We have also directed all the 44 local governments in the state to produce face masks for their people,” the governor said.

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The governor commended frontline health workers for their courage and determination to fight the pandemic and assured them that his administration is committed to ensuring their safety.

Meanwhile, the government has also set up 10 mobile courts to try violators of the lockdown order in the state.

The state government has since shut all of its borders. To ensure compliance with the measures, Governor Ganduje said the state has started registering constables to support the police.

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According to the NCDC data, Kano State currently has 73 COVID-19. However, the agency’s testing centre in the state, which is located at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has stopped operation due to a lack of testing kits.

Since the centre halted operations, no new case has been reported for the state since April 21 and the state now has to send samples to the nation’s capital, Abuja, for testing.

In his briefing on Saturday, Governor Ganduje said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is doing its best to resuscitate the testing centre in the state.

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He appealed to the Federal Government to set up additional testing centres in the state due to the number of cases it has and its population.

The governor thanked the Nigeria National Petroleum Company for the supply of an ambulance and other kits to be used in the state and assurance that they will be used judiciously.


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Kano govt seek financial help as COVID-19 cases surge. [Nigeria]



Kano state continued to witness a steady upsurge of positive cases of COVID-19 pandemic with the latest figure standing at 73, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Overwhelmed by the rising cases of the virus and burden of curtailing its spread, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has solicited Federal Government financial support.

The governor made the call when he received the director-general of Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu at Government House.

The NCDC boss was in Kano as part of a national tour to access the level of preparedness in the fight against the disease.

Ganduje said based on population size, Kano state requires more support at this point than Lagos state, stressing already dispensed resources to curtail the burden.

While describing how much the state has done so far, he mentioned the basic challenge was lack of sufficient funds and called on the federal government to assist Kano.

Meanwhile, a senior medical doctor who is working under the taskforce regretted that health workers are more exposed to the virus. Other doctors lamented inadequate provision of basic amenities and facility to efficiently manage the pandemic.

Already the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) Kano chapter has directed doctors in the state to consider their safety first while attempting to render clinical services.


#Newsworthy…

Kano records tens unusual death in 3 days


Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Monday directed investigation to ascertain the cause of the records tens of “unusual” deaths in the state.

No fewer than 40 corpses were reportedly buried since the declaration of the lockdown at Dandolo cemetery in Dala local government area of the metropolis, against the unusual three and at most five corpses daily, NobleReporters gathered.

At Kofar Mozuga Cemetery also in the metropolis, the number corpses brought for burial on daily basis hit 10, a development begging for serious concern, Aminu Abubakar said.

Reacting to the development however, Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who acknowledged the reported strange death told journalists that government has swing into action to examine the matter.

Although, Garba disagreed that the sudden rise in the case of death in Kano is related to COVID-19 pandemic, he noted that Governor Ganduje has directed the state ministry of health to investigate.

Also reacting to the development, director, Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Isa Abubakar Sadiq said research has not confirmed the development has anything to do with COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public health Consultant stressed that information so far obtained from on the development indicated death of aged persons who might have suffered from severe age induced illness.

” What we have seen so far is more or less false and rumour because there is no scientific research to prove that the purported mass death was due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“While investigation as directed by the government is still on, we stand to say the reports are false and it is meant to cause panic in the city. I did not subscript to the fact that there is unusual record of death. There are so many interest around and people are ready to generate unfounded stories”. Professor Isa noted.


>>> Sokoto records first COVID-19 case <<<


Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has announced the recording of a first confirmed case of Coronavirus in the state.

In a special broadcast on Monday, Tambuwal said, “it is with a very heavy heart and sadness that I break this news to my fellow citizens today of a case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Sokoto.

“The index person is receiving treatment at the Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, at the moment.

”Now that the case has been confirmed, the patient shall be transferred to the Sokoto state established isolation center at Amanawa.

“I appeal to our citizens to continue to obey and respect all the measures laid out by all the health experts for us to continue to contain the spread of the scourge of this virus, which is a reality.

“We have heard about it before, but it is nowhere with us. We must, therefore, redouble our efforts as a government and as citizens to curtail the spread.

“I, therefore, appeal once again, that all measures put in place should continue to be respected. And, if need be, for the safety of the generality of the people of Sokoto State, we may take further necessary measures,” he said.

The governor further appealed for support and cooperation, in the best interest of all.

“We pray that God Almighty shall Grant him a speedy recovery and that God Almighty shall help us to curtail the spread of this pandemic,” Tambuwal added.


#Newsworthy…

COVID-19: Kano Governor declares 1-day fasting and prayer.

prayer is the best fire against diseases – Ganduje


The Kano Governor made the announcement on Sunday March 29, during the inauguration of the fund-raising committee on COVID-19. He asked residents of the state to observe the fasting and prayer which will take off today, March 30.

Ganduje who stated that prayer is the best fire against the COVID-19, also pleaded with retired health workers in Kano to help the state fight the virus.


He said;

“As Nigeria recorded over 90 cases of coronavirus, Kano is yet to record a single case, hence the need for the government to be up and doing to contain the outbreak of the deadly disease,” Ganduje said.


“I call on Kano people to observe fast tomorrow, (Monday) 30th March, and 5th Sha’aban and pray hard against the outbreak of coronavirus in our dear state.

“I also call on people to intensify prayers because prayer is the best fire for this disease. While we are putting effort into taking preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, there are some groups of people who cannot earn a living, who must go out to fend for their families.

“There are those who are economically weak and must be affected during this trying moment. That is why we decided to form a committee to raise money in order to help them cushion the effects.”


#Newsworthy…

Letter poorly written – I could easily challenge this case – Sanusi mock Kano govt.

says, I have done my best in 6 years

I need to move on


Following his dethronement, Mallam Lamido Sanusi has mocked the Kano State Government for the poor manner in which his deposition letter was written.

Sanusi said going by the way in which the letter was written, it was easy for him to challenge his removal in court.

He also criticised the state government for not giving him fair hearing prior to his dethronement.

However, Sanusi said he was going to move on and did not want to return as Emir, saying he did all he could while he was the Emir of Kano for six years.

In a 45-second video clip that went viral on social media on Saturday, Sanusi said, “I have done what I could in six years, I’m moving on. I don’t want to go back. The truth is, if I had wanted to go back, the dethronement letter was so badly written, it was not done professionally. The easiest thing is just to go to court.”

“It’s simple… fair hearing. ’Did you query him? Did you ask him to defend himself? Did you even call him to ask him any question?’ No. That’s all but I think we should go on to a new phase in life,” Sanusi added.

Sanusi, who once headed the Central Bank for five years, became the 14th Emir of Kano in June 2014, following the death of his great uncle, Ado Bayero.

However, the 58-year-old was dethroned last Monday by the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over “total disrespect for lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

According to a statement by the Secretary to the Kano State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the removal of Sanusi, whose grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi I, was deposed in 1963, was unanimously approved by the state executive council.

Reading the statement, which conveyed the dethronement of Sanusi, the Secretary to the State Government stated that the Emir was dethroned for “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The SSG further alleged that Sanusi breached Part 3 Section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019, adding that if left unchecked, the deposed monarch would “destroy the good and established image of the Kano Emirate.”

The statement added, “This removal is made after due consultations with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with Part 3 Section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.

“This removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”

About six hours after Sanusi’s deposition, the state government announced a new Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, a son of the 13th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died in 2014.

The SSG said Aminu Ado Bayero’s appointment as the 15th Emir followed the recommendation received by Ganduje from the kingmakers.

The new Emir is also from the same Fulani dynasty as Sanusi.

Meanwhile, after his dethronement, Sanusi was driven to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, from where he was taken to Nasarawa State, where he was banished to.

The deposed Emir was first taken to Loko, then Awe, both in Nasarawa State.

However, the former Emir’s lawyers on Friday secured a court order granting him freedom from illegal detention.

After the development, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, who is believed to be a close friend of the deposed Emir, travelled to Awe to visit Sanusi.

The duo later left Awe for Abuja. Hours later, Sanusi left Abuja for Lagos.

El-Rufai, Bakare visit deposed emir in Lagos

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, El-Rufai and the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, were among a few people that visited the deposed emir in Lagos on Saturday.

El-Rufai posted the pictures of the visit on his verified twitter handle, @Govkaduna.

He wrote, “After the presentation of These Times, Mallam @elrufai and Pastor Tunde Bakare led a team to visit HH Muhammadu Sanusi 11who arrived Lagos last night(Friday).

Traditional rulers must accept governors as superiors –Yakasai

In the meantime, an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, says Sanusi’s dethronement should serve as a lesson to all Emirs and other traditional leaders to accept and respect the governors in their respective states as their superiors.

Yakasai, who was Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters to a former President, the late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, said many traditional rulers found it difficult to reconcile with and respect the government of the day, hence the reason they always found themselves in trouble.

“There is a problem that I have observed. It has been happening on many occasions and it is that traditional rulers find it difficult to be under the supremacy of the government of the day,” Yakasai said in an interview with one of our correspondents.

The elder statesman, however, blamed the media for Sanusi’s crisis, saying the media persistently published the deposed emir’s utterances.

He said, “I have my opinion and the media should bear the blame. You overblew the utterances of the former emir such that he was talking.

“A large number of traditional rulers that we have don’t like to talk much. They speak less because in talking too much, you are bound to say something that will not be pleasing to some people.”

Yakasai, therefore, advised traditional rulers to continue with the tradition of talking less so as not to be misunderstood or misrepresented in their opinions.

“Everybody has to make sacrifices at one time or the other. The man who accepted to be a traditional ruler has to sacrifice to talk less. Yes, he has the right to speak but he should choose to speak less because that will be better.

“The dethronement was an unfortunate event but it has happened on many occasions before,” Yakasai said.

Sanusi to take up el-Rufai, Fayemi’s appointments

Following his deposition, sources close to Sanusi said he had decided to take up the three appointments he received from both el-Rufai and the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Less than 48 hours after his dethronement, el-Rufai had appointed Sanusi as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University.

A statement by el-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, said the dethroned Emir succeeded the pioneer Chancellor of KASU, His Highness, Mallam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Moro’a in southern Kaduna.

Earlier, the Kaduna State Governor had named Sanusi as the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna State Investment and Promotion Agency. Thus, Sanusi got two appointments from the Kaduna State Governor.

El-Rufai said the Kaduna State Government was grateful that Sanusi would support the realisation of the governance objectives of the state government.

Similarly, the Ekiti State Government said it would retain the appointment of the deposed Kano Emir as the Chancellor of the Ekiti State University.

The institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, in a letter dated March 12, 2020 and addressed to the former emir said the university would continue to recognise Sanusi as the chancellor despite his dethronement.

The state governor, Fayemi, had appointed the deposed emir as the Chancellor of EKSU in 2019.

A source said Sanusi, who arrived in Lagos on Friday night and checked in to a popular hotel on the Island, would take up the three appointments. N.Rs culled

It was learnt that the deposed emir would move to his residence, which is also located on the Island, at a later date.

The former CBN governor, according to investigations, had been advised to also keep a low profile.

The source said, “Emir Sanusi is relaxing at a hotel on Lagos Island. He has yet to move into his house. He is going to take up the three appointments. Both el-Rufai and Fayemi are his friends. That is why he will never turn down the appointments.

“Thank God, none of the appointments is full-time. He will also not abandon his friends who have stood by him during his travail.”

It was also gathered that none of the family members of the deposed emir complained about the action of the Kano State Government.

“I think what worried them was the banishment of their father. Now that he is a free man, they are not worried anymore. What they wanted was freedom for him and they already have it.

“They are happy seeing their father, husband, uncle, cousin and breadwinner at home,’’ the source said.

Sanusi’s uncle calls for peace, unity in Kano Emirate

Meanwhile, an elder statesman in Kano and uncle to Sanusi, Alhaji Bello Isah Bayero, has advised the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, to be fair to all people irrespective of their lineage for the sustenance of peace and unity in the emirate.

Bayero in an interview with one of our correspondents said the call was necessary in order to enable the new Emir to discharge his duties effectively and with the support of all family members.

He said, “Both the former Emir and the new Emir are from the same root. So we expect nothing from the new Emir but patience with the people. If there is patience, everything will go smoothly.

“What happened in the state should be a lesson to all people as it is only God that gives power to whoever he so wishes and he takes it from whoever he so wishes.

“When the former Emir was appointed, nobody expected it and likewise when the new Emir was appointed, nobody expected it but all that happened was the will of God.

“We hope the deposed Emir will consider what happened to him as a will of God as he said in his farewell speech while the new Emir should ensure fairness to all during his reign.”

Bayero advised those who felt offended as a result of Sanusi’s dethronement to forget and forgive in order to move the Kano Emirate forward and to ensure the economic growth and development of the state.

The elder statesman urged the people of Kano State to give the new Emir all the necessary support and cooperation to ensure the success of his reign.


#Newsworthy…

I am not part of Sanusi’s dethronement – AGF, Malami.


The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), on Sunday, denied any involvement in the dethronement, banishment and detention of the dethroned Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi.

NobleReporters exclusively leanrt that Sanusi in his suit challenging his banishment from Kano State and detention in Awe, Nasarawa State, named Malami and the Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, as the ones who instructed the police and the Department of State Services to arrest and detain him after his dethronement.


Both Malami and Muktar are joined along with the Inspector-General Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, as codefendants.

Reacting in a short statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Gwandu, on Sunday, Malami said he “was not in any way connected with the dethronement of the former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and his subsequent banishment to Nassarawa State.”


He added, “The issue of who does what over the dethronement saga has been effectively submitted for judicial determination. The matter is consequently sub judice.

“Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice will not comment one way or the other over a matter that is pending before the court.”


Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, on March 9, deposed Sanusi because of what the state government called “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

The dethroned monarch was banished to Loko, a remote location in Nasarawa State.


On Tuesday, he was relocated to Awe, where he was detained in a guest house up till when Justice Anwuli Chikere of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered his release on Friday.

The judge gave the interim order following an ex parte application moved by Sanusi’s lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN)

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Justice Chikere also directed that the order she issued on Friday should be served alongside the main suit on all the four defendants.

It is expected that Malami and the other defendants would react to the allegations levelled against them in the suit.

The judge fixed March 26 for hearing.


#Newsworthy…

Ganduje, Kyari, Dangote & Masari Grace IGP, Adamu Son’s Wedding. {Photos}


Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, was among the dignitaries that graced the wedding fatiha of Hassan, son of Muhammad Adamu, inspector general of police.

The IGP’s son tied the knot with Summayya Goje, his bride, on Saturday, in Abuja.


Other dignitaries in attendance at the wedding ceremony are Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man; and Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina state.


#Newsworthy…

My dethronement known of God – Sanusi II.


Muhammadu Sanusi II on Friday said his removal from was approved by God.

Speaking in Awe, where he led Muslim prayers, Sanusi urged Muslim faithful to always obey God. He also urged them to accept his judgement in whatever happened them.


He added that there was no way anything God had not destined would come to pass. “Nigerians should continue to pray for peace and progress of the country”, he added

According to N.Rs, Sanusi also urged Muslims to fear God in all their deeds. He reminded them that every one of them must give an account of his or her deeds hereafter.

The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai who was in Awe to visit the dethroned Emir arrived at the palace at about 12:45 pm. They quickly went into a closed-door meeting, after which they drove straight to the mosque for Friday prayers.

There was a heavy security presence during the prayer.


#Newsworthy…

Court grants interim order to release deposed Sanusi.


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted an interim order releasing the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, from house arrest.

Justice Anwuli Chikere granted the order in line with the prayers of the ex-parte motion filed on behalf of Sanusi by his lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN).


Fagbemi and other Senior Advocates of Nigeria filed a lawsuit to challenge Sanusi’s banishment to Nasarawa State at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Kano State Executive Council approved Sanusi’s dethronement at a special sitting held on Monday.

Since coming on the throne, Sanusi, who rose to become governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank as a professional, has always spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, often times drawing the ire of elites in the region.

He has been banished to a town named Awe in Nasarawa State where he is expected to live quietly with his family.


#Newsworthy…

Sanusi moving out of Nasarawa where he was exiled to.


Following an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordering the release from house arrest of deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the ex-monarch is now on his way out of the Awe tow in Nasarawa State where he had been held up.

His exit from the community comes shortly after a visit by Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday.


Kano State Executive Council approved Sanusi’s dethronement at a special sitting held on Monday.

Since coming on the throne, Sanusi, who rose to become governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank as a professional, has always spoken out against harmful traditions and practices in the North, often times drawing the ire of elites in the region.

It is not clear yet where the former Emir of Kano is headed.


#Newsworthy…

Wole Soyinka slam Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.


Playwright and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has taken a swipe at Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the dethronement of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.

Soyinka stated that Ganduje’s action is an ”innate travesty of justice, at a par with the repudiated colonial order and synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.”

Recounting how a governor in Ogun State almost removed a monarch before a friend pleaded with him to give it a second thought, the nobel laureate stated that the Kano State Governor does not have good friends.

Soyinka wrote in his statement;

“I was a participant, albeit on the sidelines, when a similar scenario began to unfold in my own state, Ogun some years ago. The then governor, on account of an imagined slight by one of the monarchs in his domain, was actually poised?—?not virtually but physically?—?poised to sign the dethronement and banishment order on that traditional ruler.

“His office was invaded by some of the panicked chiefs and stalwarts of Ogun state who rushed to ward off the impending order. One of them stopped at my home after the pacification session to narrate what had transpired, and how some of them had actually gone on their knees to plead with that governor to stay action. I was furious. I knew every detail of that affair, had listened to a recording of the speech that was supposed to have given this mighty offence. It was pure piffle!

“‘Why did you people plead with him? Don’t you realise you were making him feel a god? You should have let him carry on, then we would see what a cataclysm he had launched on the state!’

“The man, an independent businessman of absolute integrity, and one of that governor’s intimate circle, smiled and said, ‘No, we couldn’t do that. We are his friends. We were pleading with him to save him from himself.’

“What a pity Ganduje lacked friends who could have saved him from himself! Insofar as one can acknowledge certain valued elements in traditional institutions, the man he thinks he has humiliated has demonstrated that he is one of the greatest reformers even of the feudal order.

“That is beyond question, a position publicly manifested in both act and pronouncements. By contrast, Ganduje’s conduct, apart from the innate travesty of justice in this recent move, is on a par with the repudiated colonial order, one that out-feudalized feudalism itself, and is synonymous with authoritarianism of the crudest temper.

“The record shows, in this particular instance, that it is one that embodies modernised cronyism and alienated pomp and power – never mind the cosmetic gestures such as almajiri reformation. It has proved one of the worst examples of a system that enables even the least deserving to exercise arbitrary, unmerited authority that beggars even the despotism of the most feudalistic traditional arrangements.”

Soyinka who described Sanusi as one of the greatest reformers, recounted how he sanitized the banking sector when he was governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He also disclosed that as an Islamic scholar, Sanusi was also one of the early warning voices against religious extremism.

Recalling a conversation with the dethroned monarch during a recent visit, the playwright added;

“Sanusi had sounded much aware of the impending fall of the axe of vengefulness and power primitivism. I can testify that he remained totally unfazed.

“I do have the feeling that the palace gates of the Kano emirate are not yet definitively slammed against this Islamic scholar, royal scion and seasoned economist. It is just a feeling. Closed and bared, or merely shut however, the doors of enlightened society remain wide open to Muhammad Sanusi.”


#Newsworthy…

Group mount pressure of Govt to release exiled Sanusi.

… Deposed emir sues IG, DSS

… Evacuates 42,000 books from Kano palace

… Remain with us forever, Awe residents beg Sanusi


The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from detention and confinement. Also, lawyers and civil society groups have continued mounting pressure on the federal and Kano State governments to allow the dethroned emir enjoy his freedom.

In a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by his lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi and Abubakar Mahmoud, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Sanusi sought for two reliefs: “An interim order releasing him from 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 Motion.” Respondents in the suit include the Inspector General of Police, the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The application was brought under sections 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the Nigerian Constitution, and Articles 5, 6, 10, 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 LFN 2010 and Order IV Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009. The Kano State government had on Monday, March 9, dethroned Emir Sanusi II over alleged “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano. Deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s N200m library before and after Two days after the development, the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar said Sanusi II was only dethroned and not banished.

“The decision of the government was the emir was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government,” he said. The deposed emir now lives in Awe town of Nasarawa State amid tight security by federal forces including the police and operatives of DSS.

And following an allegation of complicity by the former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidency in a statement on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has no hand in the travails of the deposed emir. The unfolding drama climaxed yesterday with the decision of the deposed emir to drag both the federal and the Kano State governments to court.


#Newsworthy…

Why Emir Sanusi moved to Lafia from Awe in Nasarawa.


The Nasarawa state government is to provide alternative place of exile for the deposed Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II due to deplorable state of infrastructure in the remote Loko town of Nasarawa local government area of the state where he was to spend the rest of his life.

N.Rs gathered that a helicopter belonging to the governor of the state ferried Sanusi some minutes ago to Lafia the state capital amidst cheers from local residents who said they wanted him to stay with them.

His final destination is however in awe local government area, a couple of hours away from the Nasarawa state capital.


#Newsworthy…

Peter Obi hits hard on Ganduje over Sanusi’s dethronement.

...says, it’s a reckless action from the executive


Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, says the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano has impacted more negatively on Nigeria than on the former emir himself.

Obi who was the running mate to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 elections said Sanusi’s removal portrays Nigeria’s recklessness.


The former governor made this known via a thread of tweets on his personal Twitter handle, @PeterObi, on Wednesday, March 11.

Obi said the “recent reckless executive action in Kano” validates the fears on foreign investors regarding the “unceasing lawlessness and insecurity” in Nigeria.


#Newsworthy…

Apostle suleman react to Emir Sanusi’s dethronement.

says, it’s not criminality to disobey the Governor


Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the dethronement and banishment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Recall Emir Sanusi’s removal was confirmed on Monday March 9 by Secretary to Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji who alleged that he (Sanusi) disrespected the lawful instructions from the office of the Governor and lawful authorities. The Kano monarch was also accused of persistently refusing to attend official meetings and programmes organized by the government without any lawful justification.

Following the removal of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor Ganduje appointed one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

Reacting to the development, Apostle Johnson Suleman stated that disrespecting a Governor is not a criminal offence. The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries who however admitted that a Governor has the right to depose a traditional ruler, stated that a Governor does not have the right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.

Suleman tweeted;

I can understand the dethronment of the former emir of kano.what I dont understand is the detention.over what?a governor has right to depose a traditional ruler but has no right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.disrespecting a governor is not a criminal offence.


#Newsworthy…

We didn’t banish Sanusi, we only took him out of Kano – AG.


The Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar, says the state government did not banish the deposed Emir, Muhammad Sanusi II.

Muktar said the state government was clear in its press statement on Monday that Sanusi was deposed but never made any reference to any banishment.


The Kano AG said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday.

He said, “If you listen to the Secretary to the State Government when he was addressing the press on the issue of the removal of the emir from office, there was nowhere he stated that the emir was banished from Kano State.


“So, the decision of the government when the emir was removed on Monday was that he was removed from office and a new one appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government.

“We have been hearing from the media that he has been banished but what I know is that he was taken out of Kano State but banishment was not part of our decision. There is no such decision to the best of my knowledge.”


Muktar said security agents decided to whisk Sanusi away from Kano State due to intelligence reports they had.

He said it was normal practice for deposed emirs to be moved away to maintain peace in the state, adding that such an action was not in contravention of the constitution which guarantees freedom of movement.


The AG further stated that Sanusi was not removed because of the corruption probe but strictly because of insubordination.

He said, “The state government has not taken the law into its hands. Let me explain that the decision to remove the emir from office is administrative and was not based on the issues pending before the court. All the issues pending before the court have not to do with the removal of the emir or the dethronement.”

When asked if the anti-corruption agency in Kano would continue with Sanusi’s probe, Muktar responded, “No decision on that actually. I cannot pre-empt the position of the government on whether investigation will stop or will continue. I cannot say as of now.”

Sanusi has been in Nasarawa State since his removal on Monday and has been denied access to visitors, according to his lawyers.


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Emir Sanusi accept dethronement in ‘Good Faith’


The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has spoken after he was dethroned by the Kano State government.

In a video that went viral, Sanusi said he has accepted his dethronement in good fate and described it as the will of God.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who spoke in Hausa language, noted that his removal was best for him, according to God’s plan.

He insisted that there was no reason to be sad over his removal and urged the people to be appreciative and believe in God’s decision.

The former emir said:

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings of God be on his messenger, Muhammad, the son of Abdullah.

All glory be to God for the favours he bestowed on us. Part of those favours was my enthronement as Emir of Kano on the 8th of June 2014.

I am grateful to God for sustaining me in good health for nearly six years on the throne of my forefathers.

Today, the only power that gaveth authority has taken it away from me. As I use to say, power has a life span.

Days on any throne are numbered, once your time is off you have to leave whether you like it or not.

I have, therefore, accepted this destiny in good faith. I am grateful and happy for God knows what is best for me.

I am also grateful to the good people of Kano State for their love and obedience to me and all those who assisted me in my rulership.

I must also thank my kinsmen who stood by me through thick and thin. I urge you people to remain calm and peaceful.

I have also instructed my immediate family and those under me to pledge allegiance and respect whoever succeeds me for the integrity of the Kano throne.

What Allah has destined is right. Do not be angry.


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Emir sanusi’s lawyers make threats on legal actions amidst sanusi’s dethronement.


Lawyers of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), have threatened to take legal action if the state authorities don’t release him within the next 24 hours.

The lawyers said this while briefing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja while the emir was being moved from Loko Development Area of Nasarawa State to Awe Local Government Area.


This comes barely 24 hours after the Kano State Government removed Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

The Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, made the announcement during the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House in Kano.


Alhaji explained that the state government took the decision to remove the traditional ruler over allegations of consistently refusing to abide by instructions given to him.

According to him, the removal was in line with the recommendation of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission which had summoned the emir.

The commission had asked the traditional ruler to respond to a petition accusing him of selling lands belonging to the Kano Emirate to the tune of N2 billion.

But in documents obtained by Channels Television and signed by the chairman of the commission, Sanusi was accused of obstructing the investigation of the commission by securing a restriction order from a court.


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Emir Sanusi’s Dethronement: ACF Calls For Calm.


The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has called for calm and understanding over the removal of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The ACF National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, made the appeal in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Kaduna.


Ibrahim said the ACF had earlier intervened in the feud between the Kano State Government and Kano Emirate Council in its efforts to ensure amicable resolution of the issues between them.

He, however, said with the turn of events, ACF has no alternative than to call on the people of Kano Emirate to remain calm and show understanding of the situation.

Newsmen report that Kano State government dethroned Sanusi earlier on Monday and announced the appointment of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the new Emir of Kano.


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Emir sanusi’s layoff, reversible by law – Senior lawyer, Mahmoud.


The removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano is reversible in the court of law, says one of his senior lawyers, Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN).

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 on Monday evening that the removal was not surprising though most embarrassing given that Sanusi was not given any fair hearing just as due process was not observed in the matter.

Mahmoud, who spoke on Channels Television monitored by newsmen, 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.

“The next line of action would depend on the instruction from the Emir. There are two aspects to it – the dethronement and the banishment. We will be consulting with him.

“I had a meeting with him before he was taken to custody and at that point, he has not taken a decision on whether he is going to pursue this matter in court or not.

“Of course, we will give him time to come up with a decision on his dethronement. But as far as his liberty is concerned, we are very firmly clear that this is an illegal act and we will be considering what line of action to take hopefully by tomorrow (Tuesday) when I speak with him.”

When asked of the possibility of a reversal, Mahmoud said he and his team were confident that the court would reverse the decision of the Kano State Government should Sanusi decide to challenge the action.

“An action that is illegal can be reversed by the court of law and that is why we have the written constitution and courts in place. Under the constitution of the country, whenever the executive branch of government takes an action that is unconstitutional or illegal, the courts are there for all citizens to seek redress.

“We are confident given the fact of this case that if the Emir was to challenge the action, it would be reversed because the action, in our view, is repressing and illegal,” he said.


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Emir Sanusi’s Dethronement: Nigerians React.


The removal of Muhammadu Sanusi ii as the Emir of Kano has come as a shock to many Nigerians on social media.


TheNation reported that the State Secretary to the Government Usman Alhaji on Monday revealed that Sanusi was dethroned for his disrespect to lawful instructions from the government.

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He said that a replacement will soon be announced.


Ganduje and Emir Sanusi had been involved in a face-off after the governor created more Emirate councils in the state.

Here are some comments gathered by TheNation from Twitter;


@MrVAR “How can someone that was caught in video collecting bribes from contractors be investigating Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for corruption. Nigerians are we thinking straight? Ganduje baida kunya ku kadan wallahi.

@Ayobankole “HRH Emir Muhammed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano has been dethroned by the Government of Ganduje. This is a tragedy that should have ended with militarism, a big loss to quality leadership at our traditional levels.”


@Sufy2 “I wasn’t shocked Emir Sanusi was dethroned. We knew it will happen, cause Ganduje hates him for reasons known to him.”

@Yusufdano “Same Ganduje that was caught on camera taking bribe is the same one dethroning an honest and educated King. Nigeria is the ghetto.”


@MsLami “It’s cute how Ganduje is flexing his muscles now, immunity will soon expire and he will suffer. That’s for sure

@Doublesmalls “Is this even possible?


@ Chydee “The same Ganduje whose Dollars-in-Agbada bribe videos went viral really championed the removal of Emir Sanusi for “corruption”. Comedy Republic of Nigeria.”

@Ayemojubar “If not for the pitiful system of government we have, how would Ganduje be a governor in a state where someone like Emir Sanusi of CBN exists?Princes on foot, slaves on horses. Who is Ganduje without political power?


@Abdulkabir_SA “Sanusi and Ganduje have succeeded in rubbishing one of the most respected traditional institutions in Nigeria. Sad!

@Sodiqtade “Ganduje playing weak politics as usual.Emir Sanusi isn’t just a random leader you can discard like a paper.Using executive power to threaten the distinct throne of Emir is beyond many.Ganduje shouldn’t forget about the dollar video, we are coming back to that after 2023.”


@Theofficialfemi “Ganduje removed SLS over corruption allegations. If that’s not the most ironic thing I’ve heard since 1999 then.”

@Ferdinandrogers “Ganduje is biting more than he can chew. Why dethrone Emir Sanusi, he is not looking at after government. Except he put a puppet after his tenure, the next governor of Kano state will deal with him. a criminal clown.”

@Teemah_writes “Ganduje deserves to be impeached, no like beaten out of that government house! The man doesn’t know the first thing about limit, or anything at all.Challenging an institution that will outlive him, and his corrupt government? Okay o! Kano is headed for doom, I miss Kwankwaso!

@Oluvick009 “Ex Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi. We saw it coming but Ganduje is still a governor even after video evidence of him pocketing money. Wetin Sanusi no go see for Palace!


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