One of the counsels to Muhammadu Sanusi, former emir of Kano, Abubakar Mahmoud, has disclosed how the ex-mornarch was blocked from going to his preferred location after he was dethroned on Monday.
The Kano executive council led by governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, had removed Sanusi from the throne on Monday for insubordination and disrespect for office of the governor and was subsequently replaced with Aminu Ado Bayero, one of the sons of his predecessor.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, Mahmoud said Sanusi wanted to move to Lagos state, but was forced to Nasarawa.
Mahmoud, who said he was at the palace when the letter of dethronement was brought to Sanusi, who acknowledged it, revealed how the commissioner of police refused to accede to Sanusi’s request to move to Lagos, saying the directive given in the letter – for him to travel to Nasarawa – must be complied with.
Mahmoud also said he told the commissioner of police that moving the former emir to a location against his wish amounted to violation of his constitution right.
He added that they had to let the police have their way when they refused to bulge and were ready to use coercion to carry out their action which was not good for the safety of the ex-monarch
He said “In the letter of deposition, it was stated that the Emir was to be removed to Nassarawa State. We requested to know if he was under arrest and if so we needed to see the warrant. The Commissioner of Police informed us that he was not under arrest.
“We informed the Commissioner of Police that was illegal and violation of his constitutional rights to remove to Nassarawa State against his wish. The Emir informed the Commissioner of Police that his friends had sent an aircraft to fly him and his family to Lagos and requested that they should be provided with necessary security to the airport so that he could leave.
“The Commissioner refused saying that was not their instruction. They were willing to allow the family to leave for Lagos but he was to be flown to Abuja then onwards taken to Nassarawa State. It was clear to us that both the Emir and ourselves were helpless and the police and other security agents were willing to take any measure and use force to achieve their objective.
“In order not to jeopardize the Emir’s safety or the safety of any member of his family or indeed other persons around, the Emir decided to cooperate and proceed in the vehicles provided by the operatives.
“We accompanied the Commissioner of Police to the Nigerian Airforce base in Kano where the Emir was put a private aircraft and departed at about 6.40pm. The family subsequently boarded the aircraft arranged by his friends and departed for Lagos about 15 minutes later.”
The lawyer said from Abuja, Sanusi was taken on a journey of seven hours by road till he arrived at a remote location in Nasarawa.
Mahmoud said this was done to traumatise the former monarch, adding that he has been unable to reach Sanusi all through the day.
He called on Nigerians, the international community and other stakeholders to intervene in the matter to ensure the safety of the former emir.