Court bars Police, SSS from arresting Sanusi

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

The Federal High Court gave the order on Friday.

The Federal High Court in Lagos has given an order barring the Nigerian Police Force and the State Security Service, SSS, from arresting embattled Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi.

Jusitce I.N. Buba granted the order on Friday based on a suit filed by Mr. Sanusi against the police, the SSS, and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The judge granted an order “restraining the Respondents, their privies, agents, representatives, or any other law enforcement agencies of the Government of the Federation from violating, interfering with, or imposing any restriction on the enjoyment of the Applicant’s right to personal liberty and freedom of movement pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.”

Mr. Sanusi was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, after being accused of corruption. Many Nigerians, however, believe he is being withchunted for exposing the mismanagement of funds by Nigeria’s oil company, NNPC.

His international passport was on Thursday seized by the SSS.

Download the court order here

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Festus Owete is PREMIUM TIMES’ general editor. He also coordinates the newspaper’s politics desk, a beat he has covered for decades. He holds degrees from the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos. Twitter: @FOwete


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