A follow up on the statement-making it’s round in the public, DEPOSED and BANISHED Emir. Ibrahim Muktar, the Attorney General of Kano State, on Wednesday said the state government did not banish the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.
He said, “If you listen to the State Government Secretary 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.
The statement read in part, “I wish to inform you that the Kano State Executive Council under the chairmanship of his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, during its sitting on March 9, 2020/14, Rajab 1441A.H has approved and directed your immediate removal and dethronement as the Emir of Kano and also for your immediate relocation to Nasarawa State which is done in line with the relevant section of the Kano State Emirate Council Law of 2019.”
Muktar said this just as security was on Wednesday beefed up in a compound, where Sanusi is being detained in Awe town in the Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
According to findings, No fewer than 40 security agents, including policemen, personnel of the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, were deployed in the compound, which has three houses.
On Tuesday, Abubakar Balarabe-Mahmoud, the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, leading Sanusi’s legal team asked the government to release Sanusi or face legal action.
Describing Sanusi’s banishment and detention as illegal, alleged that the deposed Emir was being subjected to maximum stress and trauma.
The AG further stated that Sanusi was not removed base on insubordination, not corruption probe.
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 the investigation will stop or will continue. I cannot say as of now.”
A fact check by our correspondent showed that Muktar’s position contradicted the letter of the deposition given to Sanusi on Monday.
It was learned that while the SSG did not say in his statement that Sanusi had been banished, a copy of the letter sent to Sanusi read that he would be taken to Nasarawa.