. Banished from Kano
Muhammadu Sanusi II has been deposed as the emir of Kano “for total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the governor”.
This was announced at a special sitting of the Kano executive council chaired by Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of the state.
Usman Alhaji, secretary to the state government, said on Monday that the removal was with immediate effect.
“The Kano State Executive Council under the Chairmanship of His Excellency the Governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has unanimously approved the immediate removal/dethronement of the Emir of Kano Emirate Muhammad Sunusi II,” Alhaji said in a statement.
“The Emir of Kano is in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organized by the Government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.
Also, Muhammad Sanusi, deposed emir of Kano, has been banished from the state.
The deposed emir was said to have been banished to Nassarawa state where he would live in exile.
Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, an aide of Ganduje, said that the former emir was in custody of the police but not arrested.
He said Sanusi was expected to go on exile after his removal, according to tradition.
“He was not arrested, but you know traditionally by law, after sacking of the emir then he’s expected to go on exile,” Tanko-Yakasai said.
“He’s under the custody of the police and waiting to be taken to the airport from where he goes on exile.”
Aminu Ado Bayero, emir of Bichi, has been announced as Sanusi’s successor.