Nigerian emir replaced with son of former leader

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A regional government in northern Nigeria has appointed a new Emir of Kano – hours after dethroning the previous traditional ruler who has been caught up in a prolonged dispute with the state governor.

Kano state said Muhammadu Sanusi II had disrespected the regional authorities.

After he was taken away from the palace by security forces, the son of a former emir – Aminu Ado Bayero – was installed in his place.

Muhammadu Sanusi II became the emir in 2014 shortly after he was sacked as the central bank governor, after exposing massive corruption in the oil sector.

As emir he was critical of some government policies that put him at loggerheads with politicians.