The deposed emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said he will challenge the legality of his banishment and detention by the Kano state government.
His lawyer, Abubakar Mahmud, said the move is unconstitutional, threatening to take legal action if the state’s authorities fail to release him within twenty four hours.
Earlier, the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, also condemned Monday’s dethronement and banishment of Emir Sanusi II as the as Emir of Kano by the Kano State Government.
The coalition said the action of the government was not only unconstitutional and barbaric but also an assault on the fundamental rights of the deposed emir.
“The Nigerian opposition coalition received with shock, the news of the illegal and arbitrary dethronement and purported banishment of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II by the APC led Government of Umar Abdullahi Ganduje.
“We wish to state that the dethronement and banishment which had the tacit support of the APC-led Federal Government was barbaric, illegal, unconstitutional and a grave assault against our constitutional democracy and the fundamental rights guaranteed under sections 34,35, 36, 38, 39, 40,41, and 43 of the I999 Constitution as amended and a bold move to desecrate an ancient revered traditional institution,”CUPP said in a prepared text read to newsmen.