The Deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been confirmed to be in Loko, Nasarawa.
Abubakar Ahmed Sabo, traditional ruler of Loko, confirmed the development.
Sanusi was banished from Kano and sent into exile in Nasarawa following his dethronement on Monday by the Kano state government led by Abdullahi Ganduje.
Sabo, who said the ex-emir arrived at his palace at 3 am, said nobody would be allowed to speak with him.
“Yes, Emir Sanusi is in my palace. He arrived this morning around 3 a.m., but no one will be allowed to speak with him,” Sabo said.
Commenting on his dethronement, Sanusi said he accepts the development in good faith, adding that it is the will of God.
“The one who gives, has taken. Leadership is given to one to keep and when it’s time, the person has to give it back. God has already fore-planned when one will stay or leave and that’s why we have taken in good faith everything that has happened. We agree, we are grateful, we are cheerful. We thank the people of Kano for all the love they have shown us thus far, for the followership, and obedience,” Sanusi said in a video.
Aminu Bayero, emir of Bichi and son of the late Ado Bayero, Sanusi’s predecessor, was installed as his replacement.
How we forced Sanusi out of palace – Ganduje’s aide
The Special Adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Media, Salihu Yakasai, says the immediate past Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, refused to leave the palace even after he had been formally informed of his dethronement on Monday.
Yakasai said the state government had to deploy policemen to escort him out.
He said if Sanusi had humbled himself and left the palace immediately he was informed of his removal, he would have been spared the drama.
Yakasai added, “They wanted it to be a quiet thing. That is the standard, the law. A deposed emir has to leave the state as it was done in the past but I don’t know what happened in the palace that caused the delay.
“At the initial stage, the emir wasn’t willing to leave the palace and that was why you saw what we saw with the security forces and what have you.
“If he had left willingly, I don’t think you would have seen such a reaction from the security apparatus.
“The situation, though intense, wasn’t for long and as you can see Kano is peaceful.”