Abubakar Mahmoud (SAN) has described the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano as illegal and unconstitutional based on the Kano State Emirate council law which was recently enacted by the government of the state.
He said the law does not give the State Executive Council or the Governor of the state the powers to unilaterally remove the Emir. Abubakar Mahmud disclosed this while addressing newsmen in the state on Tuesday.
He had earlier said on Monday that the removal of Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano is reversible in the court of law. He said 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.
“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. However, 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.”
Sanusi Lamido was unanimously dethroned on Monday by the Kano State Government led by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. After the dethronment, Governor Ganduje immediately announced his replacement.