The Emir of Kano state in the northern part of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has reportedly been dethroned.
The dethronement comes after a long-awaited move following months of tension between the monarch and the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. The Emir was said to have been disrespectful to lawful instructions from the governor and other lawful authorities.
Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II was dethroned by the state’s Executive Council special sitting that took place Monday. The council unanimously approved his dethronement according to a tweet by special assistant to the state governor.
Following the dethronement, Security Operatives arrested Sanusi and whisked him out of the ancient city amidst tight security.
It was gathered that the security operatives headed to Nassarawa state where Sanusi will spend the rest of his life in an asylum.
Before he was taken away, Sanusi was said to have been put under house arrest by the heavy security personnel of DSS, Police and Military.
The arrest was after the security operatives sealed off the Palace.
The Emir has held the post since 2014. He had previously served as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. His outspokenness on critical social issues that was at variance with the state policy is believed to be at the heart of his rift with Ganduje.