An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has declared as unconstitutional the banishment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano state by the Kano State government.
The presiding judge, Justice Anwuli Chikere held that the law cited by the Kano State government in banishing Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was in conflict with the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The judge who held that the constitution of the country is supreme, awarded a N10 million fine against the respondents and ordered them to apologize publicly in two national dailies.
The judge held that the Emirate Council Law, 2019, relied on by the Kano State government in banishing Mr Sanusi was in conflict with the Nigerian constitution.
According to Ms Chikere, the Nigerian constitution is supreme and any law that is inconsistent with it shall be null and void.
The judge declared that the former emir had the right to live anywhere, including Kano State, as enshrined in the country’s constitution.