By Paul Dada
“Tell that to the Marines” is what I wish to say to the Attorney-General of Kano State,I brahim Muktar who appeared on Channels Television to make a curious and seemingly spurious denial that the dethroned Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was not banished from Kano; a development which not a few persons have aptly described as an infringement of his constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement.
Muktar claimed that Sanusi was taken out of Kano to maintain peace in the state because of the intelligence report that was received by government.
“If you listened 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.”
“It is normal practice for deposed emirs to be moved away to maintain peace in the state. Sanusi being taken out of the state is not in contravention of the constitution which guarantees freedom of movement,” the Kano chief law officer said.
But the picture he painted, seemed different from the reality. The head of Sanusi’s legal team, Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud explained that the state Commissioner of Police and some security operatives came to effect a forced relocation of the deposed monarch to Nasarawa State.
Mahmoud said he informed the Kano police boss that it amounted to illegality and violation of Sanusi’s rights to move him to Nasarawa. Sanusi himself told the Commissioner of Police and even requested that he be provided with necessary security to accompany him to the airport.
But the man refused insisting he would be flown to Abuja before being taken to Nasarawa. He said only Sanusi’s family would be allowed to leave for Lagos.
Mahmoud said, “ 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 jeopardise 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.”
With these facts on ground, I wonder why the Kano government would try to save its face by denying that it had a hand in Sanusi’s banishment?
Would Muktar have us believe that the Commissioner of Police and the other security operatives who forcibly took Sanusi to where he didn’t want to go, were acting on their own without being requested by the governor to do so?
If that was the case, let the Kano police come out openly to tell us about his role and who gave it to him to play.
Well, we know what happened. We are not fooled.
And it would be a good thing for Sanusi to go to court and challenge his banishment. The verdict of the court, I trust, would be good for public enlightenment.
What Is Governor El-Rufai Up To?
A day after Sanusi was dethroned by the Abdulahi Ganduje, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai through his spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye announced the appointment of the deposed monarch as member of the board of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency.
El-Rufai said that with the appointment, Kaduna State hoped to benefit from the “profile, experience, intellect and networks of His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles.”
Barely 24 hours after that, it was announced by the Kaduna state helmsman that Sanusi had been appointed as the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University.
A statement issued to announce that, said, “In public life, His Highness has demonstrated a strong commitment to education.”
Is El-Rufai with these quick appointments sending a statement to his counterpart in Kano? Is he telling Ganduje, ” my brother, you did wrong by dethroning and banishing this cerebral Sanusi? ”
Well, sometimes, only El-Rufai understands the doings of El-Rufai.
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