Nigerian govt. blocks Lamido Sanusi from travelling abroad; seizes his passport again

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Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, alias SSS, on Saturday night blocked the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, from boarding a Turkish airline flight for a planned trip to Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, a witness and a spokesperson for Mr. Sanusi have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Operatives of the SSS based at the Aminu Kano International Airport also seized Mr. Sanusi’s passport and told him they would not allow him to travel abroad unless they received clearance from their Abuja headquarters, this newspaper learnt.

The SSS’ action however appears a contravention of the April 3 judgment of a Federal High Court in Lagos, which restrained the agency and the Nigeria Police from arresting or harassing the CBN Governor or seizing his passport.

A spokesperson for Mr. Sanusi, Muyiwa Adekeye, told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday night that the governor had arrived the Kano airport for the 11: 10p.m. Turkish Airlines flight to Turkey where he would have connected another flight to Saudi Arabia.

But after the CBN governor had been checked in by the airline and was about to complete immigration formalities, his passport was confiscated by the SSS operatives at the immigration cubicle and told he could not travel.

“The SSS officials were shown the certified true copies of the court order which barred them from harassing or arresting him,” Mr. Adekeye said. “But the officers said they have no choice in the matter and that they were only acting on instruction from above that they should not allow the governor to travel.”

Mr. Adekeye said when Mr. Sanusi insisted on reading the court order to the operatives, the officers simply disappeared with his passport and failed to return.

The development caused confusion at the airport and delayed the Turkish Airline flight. Mr. Sanusi’s luggage was however later unloaded to allow the flight proceed on its journey without the embattled CBN Governor.

Contacted for comments Saturday night, the spokesperson for the SSS, Marilyn Ogar, said she was not aware of the matter.

“I don’t know about that please,” Ms. Ogar told PREMIUM TIMES on telephone.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Lagos had on April 3 restrained the federal government, the Nigerian police, and the SSS from arresting Mr. Sanusi and specifically ordered the SSS to immediately release his international passport, unlawfully seized from him in February.

Justice Buba also ordered the trio to issue public apology as well as pay N50million in damages to the CBN Governor.

Delivering a judgment in a suit filed by Mr. Sanusi seeking an order restraining the police and the SSS from infringing on his fundamental rights, the judge dismissed the SSS’ allegations that the suspended CBN boss was financing terrorism.

Joined in the suit were the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF; Inspector General of Police; and the SSS as first, second, and third respondents respectively.

The SSS had hinged its decision to arrest Mr. Sanusi and confiscate his passport on allegations that he was aiding terrorism.

While the judge accused the Nigerian government and the SSS of presenting conflicting statement in their argument, showing that they had “acted in bad faith;” he noted that the Nigerian police were frugal by stating that they had not been briefed by anyone to investigate or arrest Mr. Sanusi.

Justice Buba then proceeded to make the following declaratory orders:

  • A declaration that the first respondent, acting through the officers of the third respondent or its privies, does not have any power to forcefully withdraw and keep the passport of the applicant for any reason whatsoever.
  • A declaration that the respondent do not have any power to forcefully withdraw and seize the passport of the applicant, without compliance with section 5 (1) of the Passport Miscellanous Provisions Act 2004.
  • A declaration that the forceful seizure and detention of applicant’s passport, is an unlawful violation of his right to freedom of movement, enshrined in section 35 of the 1999 Constitution and article 12 of the Charter on Human and Peoples Right Act.
  • A declaration that the conduct of respondent acting through the officers of the SSS, in forcefully arresting the applicant without due allegation or suspicion of a crime, is an unlawful violation of his right to personal liberty.
  • An order of this court is hereby made restraining the respondent, their agents, privies or any other law enforcement agency of the respondents, from further interfering, harassing or infringing on the personal liberty of the applicant.
  • An order for immediate release to the applicant of his international passport forcefully withdrawn and seized on Feb. 20, is hereby made.
  • Having granted a restraining order, the order of perpetual injunction cannot be granted because for every infringement, the applicant has a right to come to court.
  • An exemplary damages against the respondents jointly and severally is also awarded, in the sum of N50 million only.
  • An order is also made, directing the respondent to make a public apology to the applicant for unlawful arrest, detention and harassment.

The judge, however, turned down Mr. Sanusi’s prayer for an injunction perpetually restraining the law enforcement agencies from arresting him, noting that the CBN governor could always return to court when the need arises.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on February 20 suspended Mr. Sanusi from office citing alleged financial recklessness as reason.

But many Nigerians suspect the CBN governor was targeted because he blew the whistle on state oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, saying the corporation failed to account for $20billion oil revenue.

 

  • redeem

    another alawada show–dont the fulanis in charge of immigration at Kano know about the court order–this are all politically motivated shows–by< APC–9jas are tired of sanusi–a thief who is being celebrated–

    • Ayo

      @redeem, the truth is that GEJ and the likes of you Redeem are very bitter that Sanusi exposed the truth behind 20 billion NNPC money which incidentally no one is talking about now (which is what you all want anyway)
      GEJ and the likes of you can say do anything you want – GEJ can not win a free and fair elections in Nigeria and you know that………so go ahead and do your worst the truth will prevail

      • redeem

        do u know the meaning of expose at all–this is how u have ben spreading fake news about the president–u should be ashamed of yourselves-a disgrace to self-if I may say so- Sanusi made the said statements 4 SOLID months after he was indicted-why did Sanusi wait for 4 good months-b4 he came out with different figures-stop these silly rumors-its not doing us and the polity any good-learn to speak truth no matter what-to power-

        • Tonnero

          Poor man. GEJ must be paying you a lot of money since you are the only one defending this very obvious assault not only on democracy but on our judicial system. These are the foundations of the fourth republic which your very clueless leader has no role in bringing about but now seems hell bent on destroying. I don’t blame you. You have mouths to feed and do not want to be sacked.

        • Guguru

          Redeem,’

          You are here telling lies again?

      • Pete

        Yes, but Sanusi himself also misappropriated and stole money. So where is his moral right to point accusing fingers at others?
        Don’t tell me he was lied against or I’ll tell you he lied against others because none of us was there where all this thievery took place, please.

        • Sincerely Yours

          He DID NOT STEAL,even the fed. govt. admitted that, neither did he misappropriate funds, as claimed. It is all a case of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it. When all that did not wash, he was alleged to be a sponsor of Boko Haram, also without facts. After calling the allegations a lie, Stella Oduah also was sacked for the purchase of bullet proof cars (albeit only after a lot of hue and cry form the public). Now lets get down to the mother of them all – Diezani. Did Sanusi lie about her ministry and the missing money? Are lies being told about the private jets lease. Jonathan’s govt needs forensics to determine her case. Meanwhile madam still ‘dey kampe’, no suspension, no sack.

          • Pete

            Stella Oduah was hounded by you people for N222m armoured cars. But the same people like you are celebrating Sanusi for building a car park in his official residence with N1b + other unimaginable expenditures.
            Talk about double standards and hypocrisy!

          • Sincerely Yours

            Pete, we have been having a good discussion, why spoil it by getting personal.

    • Re-redem

      Sorry for u! Defending GEJ is the most difficult job on this earth…. Sorry oh..

      • Pete

        You are correct! It’s always quite difficult to get the blind to see.
        Jonathan-haters like you are impermeable to reason or good sense. But gladly you are in the minority.
        Those who use the improved roads, airports, railways etc and those benefiting from the remarkable improvements in Agric, new universities, Almajiri schools, etc are in the majority!

        • Sincerely Yours

          Did you say in the minority. Count again. And for your info, they don’t hate him, its just his form of administration that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

          • Pete

            You are mistaken. That people don’t get on this forum to shout how much they appreciate the efforts of Jonathan doesn’t mean they don’t.
            It’s mostly those who have an agenda against him that besiege these fora to push that. Ordinary ,unbiased folks know that vicious interest groups in Nigeria can make things difficult for any president.
            So counting here isn’t a true reflection of reality.
            It’s like saying there are more gay people in the West than straight people just because gays make the most noise in the media.

          • Sincerely Yours

            I wasn’t referring only to the people who post comments here.

    • Preach Discipline

      This so called redeem must be paid to comment foolishly against common sense. Each time I read his/her posts I just see his/her sick predicament the more. A man who danced naked in the market square is either mad or terribly a desperado beggar paid a very fat price. I believe you don’t enjoy what you do no matter the price for this defence of the wicked is irrational and must be witch hunting your soul.

    • Sadiqah Tukur

      Its so sad dat d people 4rm south south/south east lack leadership ability, am nt rily trynin to insult u but rather tellin u d truth. D hausas and yorubas where deir but no one rules w such discrimination lyk dis, 4 Godsake he is d c in c of nigeria but nt 4 d south south or south east so its high tym he stand to his feet n do d right thing we r nt askn 4 much but he
      should @ list try to stabilise d security situation of dis country coz it has neva been dat bad lyk nw.

      • Pete

        Can’t you tell the difference between writing text messages that the network restricts you to 160 characters and formal writing?
        Is Jonathan the cause of this flaw in you?

        • Sadiqah Tukur

          I don’t bloody care wat u think.

    • Alfa mariners

      all of you who blame the SSS and the presidency for doing thire constitutional obligations because it has to do with sanusi your tin god is very sad,

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigeria is presently under a quagmire with the clueless,ineptitude and moron leadership of corrupt-ridden,president Ebele Jonathan,a lame dock president of Nigeria who could not achieve anything tangible in the security of life and property of Nigerians which he sworn an oath of office with Bible to protect.There is no regular power,our roads are death traps,healthcare is a mere consulting centers
    while millions of our graduates and youths roam about our major cities street daily searching for non-existence employment.Nothing works in Nigeria on president Jonathan, watch except massive looting,embezzlement,stealing and thieving of our national commonwealth with his petroleum minister,Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke, looting N10 billion naira from public treasury at NNPC which she spent on rental of private jet in the last two years.Also,Mrs Madueke, purchased a mansion in 2011 in downtown,Vienna,Austria,on president Jonathan watch.What of the S6.8 billion dollars that Nigeria lost through Ms Alison Madueke, via Swiss-oil traders-Vitol and Trafugura?Corruption galore!

    • redeem

      what was obj able to achieve-4 Nigeria-u mumu-U are Yoruba so u must like Obj–If u are Ibo then Zik–Fulani amadu bello–idiots –but u declare war on us if the SS begins to pray for gej–who the hell are u–to even talk when an ijaw man with his oil wealth which u have been depending 4 over 60yrs is talking in 9ja? that is why the country cannot move forward–and all of u have been busy stealing the oil resources of d niger delta and abusing us on top of that– 9ja was not in a quagmire when Obj was busy fighting with atiku-show us the things that he was able to achieve for Nigeria-was it roads–what light water-education show them to us–how many graduates did obj hire–he retrenched more workers than buhari–buhari sacked one million civil servants-in lagos and alone and replaced them with fulanis–obj sold houses meant for civil servants in abuja–he stole more money in NNPC than even abacha–did buhari not give abacha a clean bill of health-this is how u fake 9jas keep on deceiving the masses–let us separate u say no–what else do u want–from us-our heads for yr ritual killers

      • Omo Naija

        Redeem ! Redeem!! Redeem!!! how many times did i called you? You are one of the very few that does not want progress for this country. I am not an advocate for any past or present Govt. but we must be very clear when we want to comment. Why is it that people from the south-south or south-east Nigeria would not want to take the bull by the horn when it comes to GEJ matters. It is crystal clear that the choice of GEJ is far worse than what we could probably imagine. You said what did Obasanjo achieved during his tenure, I agree with you that OBJ Stole alot of our money but he never toyed with the security of the nation. Without argument OBJ indeed overhaul some sect while he left so many undone. But This clueless moron (GEJ), has nothing to proof for his leadership. Instead what we see is increase in a facet of bad things. Personally, apart from anti-gay law signed by GEJ, I have not seen any development so far, Late President Ya’adu little time was far more better than GEJ longest possible time.
        In conclusion, I believe to move this nation forward, all hands must be on the desk and collectively condemn and appreciate any serving government regardless of who you are or what your race is. Together we stand and divided we fall. God Bless Nigeria, God bless you

        • Tonnero

          God cannot bless people like him unless they change. Those who defend injustice and take the side of oppressors over the ordinary poor folks who are struggling to survive cannot get the blessing of a God of Justice and Equity.

        • Onike24

          This guy is Reno omokri! Just ignore him sometimes he calls himself Deri

        • redeem

          Sadly for us u are just expressing sentiments from the Yoruba enclave where u hail from-concerning your unforgivable spirit of hatred 4 Jonathan-simply because he is not one of u-Omoluwawa–Tinubu has done all within his reach to push the Yorubas further away from the people of the SS–the Yorubas today act as if there are no Ijaws in the South West-Sometimes wonder what their fate among the Yorubas had been like–Obj is the worst president Nigeria ever had-was yr brother not there when the Gov of Zamfara state Yerima ntroduced Sharia law-what did he call it? Political sharia–allowed Boko haram to expand 2 the point of no return-u the Yorubas pretend a lot-Boko haram came in 2003 when obj was still the president while fighting tooth and nail to install himself as president for third time-yet u love him like hell for sleeping with his sons wife–but others are not supposed to express their love for Jonah-we cannot all be fooled by yr regional antics-have yr people not been in power for decades–what are their achievements-are we not still begging God to give us light-water, roads. health- facilities and education–u are just envious of Gejs progress report-is he not fixing the roads obj neglected in d south west?-

        • ilebaami

          You fake Dr. Kolawole Amusan you claimed DAM bought a mansion in Austria a lie that was proven when the address was non-existent. May your false accusers weigh you down. You are a liar.

      • BBB

        Please allow the educated to talk…..

      • Preach Discipline

        This so called redeem must be paid to comment foolishly against common sense. Each time I read his/her posts I just see his/her sick predicament the more. A man who danced naked in the market square is either mad or terribly a desperado beggar paid a very fat price. Be sensible and have shame for conscience sake.

        • wode

          Haven’t you been seeing adverts on dailies/recruiting agents calling for applications for the post of Social Media Experts/Executives ( with job location in Abuja). Isn’t that quite instructive?

          It’s unfortunate that our government has decided to choose path of propaganda as against good governance. They have managed to empty the cranium of some of our youth and replace the original contents with =N= &$ + sectionalism. So, you don’t expect anything close to logic or good reasoning from them again. You’ll know them by their comments.

          • Demola

            You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if this us true, because the way these guys connect is beyond logic.

            They clearly have to be paid to disgust that level of ignorance.

          • Screw-em

            @wode:disqus ……that kind of brain, l coined / termed as “Prosthetic brain”..glaringly exhibited by dumbo and his minions.

        • Ahmed Goje

          With your washed brains. How will you understand after attending a night school? Get a life fool. Is it a must that you comment? When your brains are so empty and you cannot make usefull contributions to the issue at hand. Where have you been? Nigerians are now moving shoulder to shoulder with their Goverment to move the country forward and defeat BOKO Haram. You that is paid by tribal bigotry. Fool!

          • Abu-Abdallah

            Pls softly softly and softly if you are truly Ahmed, Or is it by doing so harsh,Goje may replace Gulak?.

        • abu

          On point. I completely agree.

      • http://www.honsylglobal.com/ Honsylglobal.com : UK Financ

        With people like you, GEJ gets boxed into a corner. The. Nation’s oil resources are domiciled in the Niger Delta of which less than 30% belongs to the Ijaws. We have the Akwa Ibomites, Isokos, Urhobos, Itsekiris, Ndokwas, Bonny etc. GEJ and his group keep isolating those that should naturally have been his support base and even the Yorubas. His coalition is collapsing daily with the Middlebelt having a rethink.

      • ige folorunsho

        You are a very biased fool. Does two wrongs make a right? Lets agree obasanjo was corrupt does it mean that corruption must continue just because Jonathan is from tour region. Are u reasoning at all? Was obasanjo too not criticized? I just pity the south south because i am yet to see the effect of these stolen monies in tour region. Nobody has anything against the south south. We just all must agree not to support corruption even if the president is our blood brother. Except you are personally benefitting from it if not then i wonder what your problem is.

      • Tonnero

        Every time they call your Badluck Jonathan a thief, you call OBJs name. Is that your justification for stealing, Mr. Omokri? Is it OK for GEJ to be a thief because OBJ is one? OBJ left power 7 years ago which is almost two complete presidential terms! So the next guy will justify stealing because GEJ stole because OBJ stole because Abdulsalam stole because Abacha stole because Babangida stole,,,,,,,,,.? How FOOLISH is that kind of thinking? That kind of thinking can only emanate from demented souls like yours.

      • Duke

        You and who are the “us”?

      • Wähala

        Aro! Glad you’re not calling him @Wähala today. Everyone who speaks the truth about your moron speaks automatically against the Sou-South, does Dumbo represent the SS or Nigeria? It is People like you, Asari and senile Clark that deceived him into regional presidency and mega stupidity. Mumu!

    • johansen

      Dr pat. You have said it all, and what u said is factual and that is how inteligent people talk and write. “Facts”

    • Alfa mariners

      we hear you APC, state house of assembly aspirants 2015, please excuse us, with your grammar

    • Alfa mariners

      Dr Part kolawole, you said Jonathan is corrupt yes we all agree because you are a saint, but can you tale the whole world why the father of Yoruba land Late Baba obafemi Awolowo was put in calabar prison by a judgement from a court in 1964, i know you will pretend not know anything about it, but whitout any hesitation i wish to inform you that he was put behind barr for a monumental financial fraud of the highest order, i also want to inform you that till the day Awolowo died he was unable to account for the source of money he used in implementing free education for the western region as naturally poor as he was, secondly i hope you know that bola tinubu your present Yoruba leader was sack by mobile oil Nigeria plc for financial fraud , please give us details of Jonathan wrong doing because you can’t judge him now until he is out from office,

      • Zee

        If Awolowo stole money and spent it on giving Nigerians free education, is it not nobler than stealing money to hire private jets and buying real estate abroad? U be goat oh

        • Alfa mariners

          Zee enough of this nonsense, you are giving kudos to Awolowo for stealing money and was convicted by a court for the same offence to calabar prison in 1964, it is true that a law is not a law until it is made to become a law, accusing Mr president of cleptomaniac tendences is absurd and urtaly disdain, because he has never been convicted by any court before neither did he have any incriminating record in his life, please stop accusing him for now until 2020 when his immunity will be strap from him and you will still believe me that he is a clean man,

          • Zee

            I did not give him kudos for stealing but kudos for what he used the money for. If only your southerners would do same, e for better for una small. Aside from the thievery sef, generally the govt of GEJ is a failure whether you agree or not. Yeye fowl.

          • Alfa mariners

            i you to note that our southerners have even done more than that without stealing if not all of them but governor Godswill akpabio and president jonathan had started it , if you want me to name thire project for you i will do that, calling someone a fowl, what a grossly insolence from a refrack and a son of imbeciles like you,

    • frank

      U don’t rebuke authority u appeal to it pls show sm respect!

      • Tonnero

        This is how they started in North Korea. Very soon, you will call GEJ “Dear Leader” and start worshipping his picture. No be for here that one go happen.

    • Pete

      Too much bad English and bad spellings make your submissions so difficult to read.
      Can you go back to junior secondary school, please?

      • Tonnero

        The rest of us understand what he is saying. Maybe you should be the one to consider going back to school. I doubt if it would help you though. You are the kind that teachers lament about for not being able to crack their coconut heads and force books into their skulls.

    • Olufemi Progress Bamigboye

      Oga,when you have all these facts,why dont u head to court to sue her? Sometime i wonder because people who cant manage their family of 4 or 6 want to manage over 160 m people!

    • ilebaami

      You are a liar. It was proven to all and sundry that the mansion you ascribed to DAM in Austria did not exist. By spelling out the fake names you carry and the fake doctorate you exhibit the fraudulent tendency your people around Tinubu are known for.

    • emmanuel

      You have only written the script given to you, how many Federal roads are death trap in Nigeria today like you said?

      I recall how I spent 14 hours on a trip between Ore and Benin City when your brother was President and 9 hours between Ikire and Gbogan (the road your revered Ooni of Ife par took in the chopping) during the same era (all that is history), yet you are here saying things that do not add up because of your Yoruba hatred for an Omo Ibo.

      If una nor like other people, which is the truth, then fight for ODUA republic with your blood and stop this your conspiracy with the Hausa Fulani Muslims, the reason why you keep mudslinging Jonathan!

    • emmanuel

      Whatever Vitol and Transfigura has done in Nigeria if there is fraud in it was instituted by your brother Obasanjo, same way Awolowo built his cut into Coca Cola deal that earns him money to date. Same style for OBJ with MTN and Tinubu with alfa beta. Dem do una with corruption?

      Yet you point fingers at others!

  • Screw-em

    The fear of Sanusi is the beginning of Wisdom. Daffy Duck Dumbo, you may, out of vindictiveness, Cage, trap or emasculate him. Sanusi, remains a quintessential towering figure way too sophisticated, polished politically and intellectually to be perturbed. He is destined for greater heights. No amount of intimidation or harassment will impede his eventual enthronement as a true Leader amongst leaders regardless of your impish dribbling. The missing $20billion dollars and your hollow attempt to “slap” 170million Nigerian’s with the deceptive falsehood of a forensic audit to ascertain the whereabouts of this monies has so far amounted to naught. We know you have transferred it offshore via Zenith and UBA Banks. Trust me, it will be tracked eventually. His tenure as the “suspended” CBN chief ends in less than a month. So what would you derive from throwing roadblocks in his attempt to rightly serve his God through the lesser hajj?……in the warped world of Dumbo aka “IDI AMIN'” the play house of the subversion of the rule of law reign’s supreme…..What a despicable slimy mouse!!!

    • redeem

      I beg let us read some reasonable comments here-why would gej want to stop him from travelling if he is clean–the security have to do their job–is he above the law-did sanusi not give buhari over 65b contract–built offices for APC all over the country–spent more than 10b to renovate palaces for traditional rulers-was hosted by APC for weeks after his sack

      • BBB

        Redeem, u sound illiterate. Please make sensible comments or say nothing.

        • wode

          not really illiterate, but brainless and illogical.

      • Preach Discipline

        This so called redeem must be paid to comment foolishly against common sense. Each time I read his/her posts I just see his/her sick predicament the more. A man who danced naked in the market square is either mad or terribly a desperado beggar paid a very fat price.

      • Tonnero

        Mumu. If he is not clean, please charge him to court. The power drunk ogogoroman must be made to understand that this is a democracy. I am not even sure Otuoke people will allow him to behave like this as King of Otuoke. This is what happens when you make a slave king.

        • Pete

          Yes. The ogogoroman that you despise so much keeps having his way while you keep whining and crying on the net.
          I wonder who is a slave between you and him.

        • Ahmed Goje

          You will still cry until 2019, so get a bucket because you have just started. Abortion induced baby.

      • Duke

        The same security that can’t do their job regarding the bombings, abductions and eventual killings? You indeed need redemption.

      • Amaka

        Deri Orbuka, alias redeem(ing) the sinking president! You have an unenviable job as you stay awake in the night and sleepless during the day to traverse all online opportunities to defend a man who has even failed himself. GEJ’s colony of defenders is shrinking by the day as they are becoming clueless on how to go about defending Dr Jonathan on his endless embarrassing inconsistencies. Former Kano Governor -lacking words to describe GEJ’s incompetence -said he is still ‘learning’. Hmm, GEJ is not paid as an apprentice president, so who is he learning from after 5 years? How long will it take the President and his Attorney General to read a court judgement that resulted from their lawless actions and irresponsibility costing tax payers N50 million in compensation to Sanusi?

      • abu

        If you are asking a question, then the answer is “NO” sanusi did not give anyone N65b to build offices for APC. Does doing their job include subverting the rulling/order of a court of law? See, HOW MUCH are they paying u pls? Cuz there’s no way ur doing this for free. I nid a job, hook me up pls.

    • Ralia Ahmad

      oh you made my day

      • Screw-em

        @ Ralia, .Thanks!!…..right thinking sisters like yourself are on the side of the TRUTH, fighting for the soul of the Nation.

    • nija pikin

      This is a case of green snake under a green carpet, or a camelion when you observe dumbo especially his nice to everyone posture his appearance can be deceiving. on sls issue he brought himself too low its unbecoming of a sitting president to be picking up a fight with his former appointee it’s so embarrassing, that’s why millions of nigerians are so worried about his ability to lead a country like nigeria let’s assume that he was wrongly advice to take a certain action don’t he has the number six to think it through whether the action is presidential or not, I am seriously worried it’s like this man is on a free fall and it seems no one even in pdp that can say wait a minute Mr president take a dip breath and think again he has made a Hugh mistake by allowing all nigeria to know the only thing he care about is 2015 and am afraid he might not get it.

      • Pete

        When Sanusi was talking down to the president and daring the president to sack him a lot of you guys were jubilating. You were calling Jonathan a weakling and celebrating Sanusi. Today, who has the last laugh?

        • Sincerely Yours

          Don’t count your chicks yet.

          • Pete

            But Sanusi is already knocked down and out! His fans can only whimper now about human rights abuses.
            Thank God that Jonathan is not as vindictive as Obj, Sanusi would probably have had more deserved troubles to deal with.

          • Sincerely Yours

            There wouldn’t have been this problem during Obasanjo’s presidency. For starters, there wouldn’t have been a diezani and most of these other kleptomaniacs we now have. Not that he didn’t have his fair share, but at least some of them had some fear of the guy in them, not these gangsters and devil may care ones under jonathan. Its like they are in it together, so he cant cast any stone.

          • Pete

            You are being clever by a half. Corruption has always been with us and you know it. It was probably more during Obj’s regime because he himself doubled as the Petroleum Minister. He gave fuel import licences to those he chose including his son Gbenga’s wife that he slept with and her father.
            NNPC’s accounts have always been foggy from time.
            What has changed now is that there’s more openness in government business and the Internet has spawned more awareness among the populace. Half of what is public knowledge today wouldn’t have seen the light of day in the past.
            So please stop pretending that yesterday was better than today.

          • Tonnero

            Mumu man. Where did you ever hear of $20b missing, an accusation from no less a person than the CBN governor and the President is quiet in spite of the false promises of a forensic audit? Where did you hear of a sitting president alerted by a CBN governor that $50b was not remitted to the Federation account and asking the President to investigate but the ogogoroman did nothing for three months until the story hit the press? You will rot in hell for defending the indefensible. The ghost of all the children who have died for lack of anti-malaria in our hospitals, those who perished for all the stolen money that could be used to fix our roads, those who died because the kleptocrats that you support have made it impossible for them to find jobs and they have engaged themselves in kidnapping, baby factories etc. will hunt you until the end of your days. Can I hear you say Amen?

          • Screw-em

            AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Pete

            You and your type are just unnecessarily worked up and combative on these fora.
            Your posturing and abuses and curses on people who have divergent views actually betray the hollowness of your essence.
            That you have formed an opinion cannot allow you to think clearly. So every semblance of ammunition for your position is tenaciously held on to.
            In your insanity, I ask, how much is the missing money? 49.8b, 10b, 12b or 20b?

          • Tonnero

            People like you are from the dark ages. You do not understand the trend of democracy. Left to people like you, Baby Doc. Duvalier would be a hero. Shame on you.

        • Tonnero

          Mumu man. This is a marathon, not a sprint. I bet Abacha also thought he was winning before he packed up unceremoniously. Moron.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Where is he running to

    • Tonnero

      Na your mama house. Ode.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You lack manners. Your parents are not to blame. It is these boko haram teachings that has upturned your akamu brain. Oloshi Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Tonnero

          Mumu. I usually do not respond to first class mumus. However, your idiocy don wear skirt and blouse. I sorry for your mama wey born mumu wey dey support stealing. She must be regretting not aborting you by now. Person wey dey support thief dey call other people akamu brain. Upside down thinking. God punish your yeye mouth. See him face like that of Kevin, the kidnapper. I no know who give mumu blackberry. Probably distributed by Reno Omokri. Were Alakori.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Anyway, it is fun, to have jesters, like you around
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Screw-em

            @ Tonnero ….I swear you are too much!!!…….as much as i know you are using a different pseudonym here, You have me rolling on the floor LOL!!

  • mfon

    this is really bad. Even with court judgement u treat a man like this! U accuse him of sponsoring terrorism, where are ur evidence!

    • Alfa mariners

      mfon when a case is appeal to a higher court any action that was taken to that effect is indecipherable note that please, even with an existing court oder he can still be arrested detain and taken to court on a new criminal criminal mater if it is establish, so stop saying what you don’t know about someone who has a natural tendency in stealing , and also an expert in financiall fraud

      • Sword of Damocles

        @Alfa,Let us “decipher” your utterance noted below:

        “mfon when a case is appeal to a higher court any action that was taken to that effect is indecipherable note that please, even with an existing court order he can still be arrested detain and taken to court on a new criminal criminal mater if it is establish”.

        Your “honor”, the last court action in a case is the standing order UNTIL a Higher Court reverses or remands that lower court order(r u with me ?) 2ndly, The “effect” of the Court order(remember Rule of Law) was to SLAPDOWN attempts at lawlessness by the Executive. In this matter the LAW(Court’s order) made crystal clear to our “fearless” security apparatus that what they had engaged in vis a vis SLS was LAW of the Jungle/Brutes, thus your last sentence is without merit & precedent in law(do u remember that the Judge requested that security apparatus show cause for the suspicion of aiding BH before he issued the order?)

        As I wrote many moons ago, this our vindictive fool of a President is digging his own grave by been so cavalier/disrespectful with/of the one thing that could save him & his fellow looters in the future: The Rule of Law……

  • Preach Discipline

    This a very lawless action from Nigeria’s security agents claiming orders from above. Who is this so called order from above? The SSS boss or his boss the CIC. This simply corroborates the fact that Nigerian courts orders are inferior to so called orders from above. This is extremely very dangerous for the nation. What goes around comes around. This is another serious attack on a very important, necessary and independent arm of government by the currently lawless executive arm. It must not be taken lightly. By extension if this situation is allowed to continue it means if an innocent citizen could easily be stopped from a spritual trip then one day someone may even be forcefully stopped from going to a church or mosque to pray. This is primitive and only obtainable during military junta which we thought is gone for good. What a country under a dangerous civilian dictatorship. I weep for my beloved nation. The almighty God will judge all sooner or later for he is the everlasting and ultimate power and order from above beyond any mere mortal power and so called orders from above! I solemnly pray for God’s intervention to salvage the innocent and bring divine justice against the guilty, wicked and arrogant ones.

    • Alfa mariners

      go to court or you better commit suicide since sanusi is your father, what did you know about court oder in a tresonable offence which must be stop before it turn to another thing, please go and relax.

    • Alfa mariners

      you this preach discipline, what is your problem, how are you he was going to a spiritual trip, don’t forget the last time he went to a similar trip in Sudan and Yemen two weeks later he came in 1995 what happened?? he grousomly harck an ibo man to death , after that he was apparently detain for just two years in sokoto prison before he was released to continue his deceitful jihadisim , on this it is true that people must be treated by thier past record, enough with your spiritual religion which encourage and also blesses people who killed and those that sponsored the killing all in the name of Allah, a religion which ostensibly call others created by the all mighty God infidel in lover 164 pages in the coran, , while they are designated as the real children of God imagine that ,

  • Sincerely Yours

    Why does this govt. like to court trouble? Haven’t they got enough on their plate already? Tomorrow, when Muslim fanatics who are always looking for flimsy excuses to cause mayhem, decide to do what they know how to do best, because you have deprived a Muslim from going to perform his religious rites, so to speak, we will say these ‘boko haramist’ have started again. This fed. govt. is just lawless. Maybe we should just abolish the legal system and we all take the laws into our own hands. Stupid.

  • Benny

    The SSS have the right to detain anyone for questioning if they found you to be working against the interest of the state (Nigeria) and there might new information that he is on another trip to recruit some of his blood thirsty Sundanese trained suicide bombers to shore up the recent upsurge of kidnappings and bombings.

    • olufemi

      you are well informed.the route to saudi arab is Nigeria to sudan then from sudan to saudi arabia.

  • Tonnero

    What has become clear is that Nigeria is a country where anyone can do what they like and there is no system to keep them in check. So what they do has little to do with whether or not they will be stopped by the law but more whether that person is civil or uncivil, good or evil, focussed on the people or focussed on self etc. I was speechless when Abacha got away with all the stuff he did. I thought it would never happen again. I have been proved wrong!

    We, the people, in whom sovereignty ultimately lies (at least theoretically) are just as helpless and unable to organize (due largely to ethnicity) to ensure that those we employed to run the country for prescribed periods of time do not contravene the rules and start running the country as their own private estate. The tenants have taken over the house and kicked the landlord out. The managing director has taken over the company and kicked out the shareholders. And there seems to be nothing the owners of either the house or the company can do about it. What now?

  • bb

    The President has the right to sieze the passport,it is clearly stated on them my advice to sanusi is to get Benin passport or Niger passport

    • Thepeople

      This is the kind of frightening ignorance that thrive in our primitive society. The President has no right to seize anyone’s passport without a reason.

  • sunday Dankwai

    Its only in this country that we select which court order to respect,as long as the order is not in the favour of who so ever the order is given especially the present government that his former boss so much believe in respect for the rule of law.GEJ is really messing this country for us,if they believe and have information that SLS has a case to answer he should be invited or arrested but as long as the present court pronouncement they have nothing against him. They should let this man be.

  • Guguru

    For Christians who believe they can do no wrong, please see the article below.

    “The other day, a crowd of Berom Christian youths butchered over 100 Fulani Muslims as they were praying in Jos after which they roasted and ate them. It was filmed. Today, a rocket was fired into an Islamic school in the same Jos and children were targeted for death as they were writing their exams. This barbarous descent into madness must stop. I weep for Nigeria.”

    Nigerian Punch, July 2012, Nigeria: Gradual descent into the Hades!

  • Wähala

    And this is a presidency that engineered a corrupt court opinion against 37 defecting Legislators, encouraged PDP members to insist they obey the court “ruling” first and not participate in House debates… now, the moron does not want to obey a legitimate court ruling first and allow Sanusi his freedom of movement pending the DSS Appeal of the ruling. Banana Republic indeed.

  • Amaka

    State Security Officials avoid Borno State only to perch at every international airport at the ratio of 4: 1 passenger. They are either looking for ‘bribes for bags’ or who to embarrass to demonstrate their pretence to duty, and further confuse the already worn out administration. Deri Orbuka, alias redeem(ing) the sinking president! -You have an unenviable job as you stay awake in the night and sleepless during the day to traverse all online opportunities to defend a man who has even failed himself. GEJ’s colony of defenders is shrinking by the day as they are becoming clueless on how to go about defending Dr Jonathan on his endless embarrassing inconsistencies. Former Kano Governor -lacking words to describe GEJ’s incompetence -said he is still ‘learning’. Hmm, GEJ is not paid as an apprentice president, so who is he learning from after 5 years? How long will it take the President and his Attorney General to read a court judgement that resulted from their lawless actions and irresponsibility costing tax payers N50 million in compensation to Sanusi?

  • Quadri Abiola Hamed

    Is Sanusi Jonathan’s problem? BH is less important when u expose president pals involve in corruption. Is their a rule of law in d country? Is this govt not trying all its effort 2 destroy Nigeria? How I which Nigerians would open their eyes n vote wisely in 2015. Children not cow r missing,people r dying everyday but no those r mere occurrence all over d world, d only thing dat matters is dat Sanusi must pay 4 daring ‘us’ Nigeria wake up, vote this present party n national leadership out.

  • max

    I have even forgotten Sanusi what has the thief done again?
    Why will SSS seize his passport as in what?

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Nobody is bigger than Nigeria, including GEJ, so if Sanusi’s passport is seized or whatever, it is quite in order. We are living in extra ordinary times, and we do need extra ordinary means, to arrest the situation, and in such circumstances, obtaining court injunctions is a simple way of running from justice

    • Sincerely Yours

      For those who are conversant with the justice system in saner climes, when a court passes judgement, no body – president/prime minister nor ‘bloody civilian’ can flout it. If you do not like the ruling, you appeal. But while that process is taking place, you obey that court order. That is the rule of law. This has nothing to do with Sanusi, but with the fed govt thinking it is above the law. Very bad.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        He may have committed other crimes after that court order. Do the FG, now because of a non vacated court order, and which has no correlation with the new crime, allow the criminal to walk free. Let us allow the FG to come out with an explanation, before we make an informed statement Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Thepeople

          If he has committed new crimes after the court order, he should be charged and not wait until he is travelling to seize his travel documents. Any body in his right and balanced mind, would surely see this as flagrant abuse of power and harrasment. The President and his hench men are letting themselves down. It makes the rest of the modern world look upon us as primitive society. One fundamental issue and the reason we must all fight this inhumane and uncivilised act, is that we are potential victims of this abuse and harrassement. It is Sanusi today but it could you tomorrow, me the next day or GEJ in 10 years time.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Wait for the FG take on the matter
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Pete

            Why do you bother to explain things to the same people who were jubilating when this same Sanusi was talking down to the president claiming that the president couldn’t remove him?
            Today, they are whining and whimpering on the Net with frustration.
            Allow them to weep out their irrational hatred for Jonathan.
            Now who is laughing last?

  • Olufemi Progress Bamigboye

    Pay back time!

  • mani_kay

    I was once a staunch supporter of gej as evident in my many previous post but I have lost hope in this shoeless son of a fisherman brother of mine.

  • Screw-em

    The overwhelming positive commentary on this despicable action by Daffy Duck Dumbo, speaks VOLUMES for the spiritual connection and recognition of a true Patriot in the person of SANUSI. May the heavens bless you all for the continued dogged fight for the heart and soul of a country we all truly love. Albeit through this conduit / admirable online news medium known as Premuim Times and the internet.

  • emmanuel

    Premium Times I replied Kolawole’s comments and called him names not worst than what he called tje President which you were glad to publish, but refused to publish mine.

    My simple question is: does Kolawole have better right in Nigeria than Jonathan or your media ethics is censored to project your masters’ hate alone?

    Please answer the questions also asked by Alfa Mariner in response to The fake Dr. That could not spell Duck.

    One day, Premium Times would talk about Media suppression by the Government and the people would tell them how they are the major culprit of media suppression!