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Ibrahim Muktar, the Attorney General of Kano State on Wednesday said the state government did not banish the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji  Muhammadu  Sanusi II.

Muktar said the state government was clear in its press statement on Monday that Sanusi was deposed, but never made any reference to any banishment.

The Kano AG said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Wednesday.

Muktar said this just as security was on Wednesday beefed up in a compound, where Sanusi is being detained in Awe town in the Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The Kano  State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had on Monday deposed Sanusi because of what the state government called “total disrespect  to lawful instructions from the office of the state government.”

On Monday, the dethroned monarch was banished to Loko, a remote location in Nasarawa State. On Tuesday,  he was relocated to Awe.

Sanusi’s legal team, led by a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Abubakar Balarabe-Mahmoud,  on Tuesday, asked the government to release Sanusi or face a legal action.

The lawyers, who described Sanusi’s banishment and detention as illegal, alleged that the deposed Emir was being subjected to maximum stress and trauma.

But on Wednesday, the Kano State attorney general said the state government did not banish  Sanusi.

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.
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