Court stops SSS, AGF, IGP from arresting Sanusi

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The Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has granted an order restraining Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke; Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar; the State Security Service (SSS); and all agencies of the Federal Government from arresting and detaining suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi or subjecting him to any form of degrading treatment.

Justice Buba Ibrahim granted the order, pending the determination of a fundamental human rights suit in which Sanusi complained of Thursday’s unlawful arrest, detention, and seizure of his passport.

Sanusi deemed the actions violations of his right to personal liberty, freedom of movement, and right to dignity of human person, as guaranteed under Sections 34, 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.

He is represented by former Attorney-general of Lagos State, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), and Kola Awodein (SAN).

Justice Buba fixed Friday, 28th February 2014 as return date for the matter.

After his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday on allegations of “financial recklessness and misconduct”, an action widely interpreted to be the fallout of his claim that $20bn in oil revenue was unaccounted for by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Sanusi arrived Lagos from Niamey into the waiting hands of men of the State Security Service (SSS), who arrested and detained him briefly, and seized his passport.

 

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