The first photos of deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has been posted by Governor Nasir El-Rufai from Awe, where the Emir has been kept captive of the Nigerian Police and the Department of State Services since Monday.
El-Rufai, a friend of the emir, had announced earlier today he was visiting with the emir, who he still calls His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, an indication that he disagreed with the dethronement by fellow APC governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
In one of the photos, the Kaduna governor is seeing paying royal courtesies to Sanusi, by bowing to him, the way it is normally done to the majesty.
“Malam Nasir is in Awe with HH Muhammadu Sanusi II”, the photo caption read.
A Federal High Court in Abuja ordered Sanusi’s release by his abductors, following an exparte motion filed by his lawyers.
The Attorney General of Kano State had said the government only dethroned Sanusi, and did not order his banishment to either Loko or Awe, which means the Police and DSS carried out unauthorised actions.
In Kaduna, El-Rufai has demonstrated his opposition to Ganduje’s action by giving the intellectual Emir important positions in the state. He first named Sanusi as the vice chairman of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency(KADIPA). A day after he named him the chancellor of the Kaduna State University(KASU).