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Court upholds rights of deposed Emir of Kano, awards N10 mln damages against govt

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A Federal High Court in Kano has upheld the rights to movement and civil liberties of the deposed Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, and ordered the Kano State Government to pay N10 million in damages for violating his fundamental rights.

In his judgment on Friday, Simon Amobeda of the Federal High Court 3 ruled in favor of the applicant, Emir Bayero, confirming that the court has the jurisdiction to hear the case concerning the abuse of fundamental human rights.

This decision came after the applicant’s counsel withdrew two relief orders, a move the judge acknowledged as within their legal rights.

Amobeda noted that the court has a duty to protect the rights of every citizen and pointed out that the applicant provided sufficient evidence to support his claims of rights violations.

The court found that in May 2024, the Kano State Government had unlawfully deposed Emir Bayero, issued an arrest warrant, and imposed house arrest conditions, infringing on his constitutional rights.

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The judge highlighted that the government’s actions breached Section 35(1) of the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees personal liberty, and Section 41(1), which ensures freedom of movement.

The ruling specifically restrains the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army, the Air Force, and the Navy from arresting, detaining, or harassing the deposed Emir.

“The government’s use of social media to propagate the deposition and subsequent arrest order without lawful justification constitutes a flagrant violation of the applicant’s fundamental rights,” Amobeda stated.

“The Kano State Government and the second respondent are ordered to pay N10 million for breaching and potentially breaching the applicant’s fundamental right to personal liberty and freedom of movement.”

However, the court struck out the prayer for the cost of filing and prosecuting the case.

This ruling reinforces the judiciary’s role in upholding constitutional rights and highlights the importance of due process in governmental actions affecting individual liberties.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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