The Attorney-General of Kano State, Ibrahim Muktar has disclosed that the government did not banished the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi Lamido to Nasarawa State.
Muktar made this known on Wednesday at Channels Television during their morning breakfast programme known as Sunrise Daily.
He said that Sanusi was deposed but was not banished by the state government. He stated further that there was no time the government of Kano used the word banished in the official press statement released by the State.
He said, “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.
He noted that the issue of banishment did not come from the government but the media.
“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.”
He clarified that the decision to move Sanusi away from Kano was taken by security agents due to intelligence reports available to them.
“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 not to do with the removal of the emir or the dethronement.”
Meanwhile, Sanusi has been named as the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA) on Tuesday by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
On the appointment of Sanusi into KADIPA, Muktar said that the government does not have any fight with the former Emir and that they are happy for him if he gets any appointment.