Ibrahim Muktar, the Attorney-General of Kano State, has refuted claims that the state government banished the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, from the state to Nasarawa state.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV on Wednesday morning, Muktar said the state government only deposed the monarch and there was never a time they ordered that he be banished from the state to Nasarawa.
He however pointed out that moving the monarch to another state was purely a security measure to forestall the breakdown of law and order after the dethronement.
“If you listen 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.”
The Attorney General pointed out that Sanusi, a former CBN governor, was not removed because of the corruption probe but strictly because of insubordination.
“The state government has not taken the law into its hands. Let me explain that the decision to remove the emir from office is administrative and was not based on the issues pending before the court. All the issues pending before the court have nothing to do with the removal of the emir or the dethronement.” he said