Court rejects exparte motion to reinstate suspended CBN Governor, Sanusi

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CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido

An Abuja High Court on Wednesday rejected an ex-parte motion brought by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Lamido Sanusi. Mr. Sanusi asked the court to set aside his suspension from office.

Mr. Sanusi was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan last Thursday over alleged financial recklessness and official misconduct.

He filed the suit on Monday to challenge his suspension. He had not only asked for reinstatement, but also an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the president, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police from stopping him from performing his duties as CBN Governor.

Mr. Sanusi asked the court to grant him his prayers because the delay in doing that could cause irreparable and serious damage and mischief on him in the performance of his statutory functions.

But when the case came up on Wednesday, Justice Gabriel Kolawole  refused Mr. Sanusi’s prayer. He instead ordered that Mr. Jonathan and other defendants be put on notice.

He said the notice would enable them to appear before the court to explain why Mr. Sanusi’s prayer should not be granted.

Mr. Kolawole said it would be difficult to grant interim orders without hearing the defendants.

He stated that after the defendants had been put on notice, he would rule on whether or not the court had jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

He therefore fixed March 12 for Messrs Sanusi, Jonathan and others to argue the motion.


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  • Ikechukwu_67

    “He stated that after the defendants had been put on notice, he would rule on whether or not the court had jurisdiction to entertain the suit.” That was from the Judge o!! He was not talking about the exparte motion. It would be very difficult for any judge to look at the merit of this case in any respect because the President has proven many times that he has more powers than he was granted by the constitution. The President refused to recall the President of the Appeal court even when he had no power under the constitution to excercise over the Judge. However it stood. The way it is now, the President has the powers, not to remove, but suspend the chief Justice of Nigeria, the senate President, the Speaker of the house of legislatives and any other person that he requires 2/3 of senate to sack. This is the sad reality and any ‘aspiring presidential candidate’ has taken note of this critical point. It would surely happen as it is just a matter of time…

    • blackman

      We should never argue out of prejudice but constructively.the president gave reasons for this action.don’t forget he is the president, and his duties,functions,powers and authority is embedded on the constitution of the federal republic of nigeria.Would you rather prefer a president that has no constitutional powers who lacks the the authority to carry out basic directives as common in the civil service.let me tell u this may only lead to gross insurbordintion on the part of those who feel they don’t like hisface or style and turn themselves in small presidents in their ministry or parastal.if you are the president and a case of misapproprition of funds is brought before you of a CBN governor who does not get his facts right before blowing the whistle,need I remind you he quoted 50 billion,12 billion,10 billion and recently 20 billion dollars as missing funds that has grown wings or rather embezzled by the NNPC.Now which one would you concider as the correct figure that stands.All coming from the mouth of a man that should be accurate when talking about money matters as it affects the financial and economic sector.His utterances that were voiced when not veryfied leaves most of us in doubt of his competence to operate in that office and in the capacity of the CBN governor.let’s not forget that he is also accused of misappropriation of funds,a case of the pot calling the kettle black.Please let’s not be carried away with biased sentiments .The president did the right thing by suspending him so that investigations will be carried out to know whether he is innocent or guilty of the allegations against him.I respect sanusi as a person for what he did in the banking sector but this allegations are weighty.Please let’s leave mr president to perform his responsibilities and use his descretion to exercise his powers for the well being of nigeria without playing politics against him even when he means well.The truth is,even if he had not done this he will still be accused of harbouring criminals in his government and using his powers to shield them from prosecution.

      • Ikechukwu_67

        Blackman, many thanks for your reply to my post. However let’s take this, like you said, without sentiment. The first thing that you must come out in this respect is this: Does the President have the history of fighting corruption by his close associates? The answer is definitely a NO. Please update me if you have contrary opinion and facts to disproof this..That the CBN was made automous, just like the legislative or judicial arm is the making of the Law. The president accepted that fact in his “media chat”. His point is that he has “overall executive powers” but couldn’t bring out a law to back it up as it concerns the CBN. Liking the fact that CBN is autonomous or not is not material nor relevant in this instance. The fact is that CBN is automous. I can equally go with the fact that the President can suspend the senate President or the Chief Judge of Nigeria with his reasons of having “overall executive powers”. He could do that with the same reasons he adduced for Sanusi whether right or wrong.
        I do know for a fact that if anyone in this forum has a call ,from a personell of the bank that he uses, that some money is being withdrawn from his account. His first port of reason would be less of the ‘intentions’ of the whistle blower than the fact that his money is actually safe. How come it is not so when it concerns the Federation account? How come a CBN Governor, in the Presence of finance minister, Oil minister and NNPC GMD, brought out facts in the open that 20 billion dollars is still unaccounted for. Mind you, non of these individuals rebuffed him with fact whatsoever, yet we are looking for reasons to make the matter go away because it is not our personal money.
        We cannot continue with this heists my brother. Did you even listen to the IG of Police? He basically complained about non availability of money. It is a no brainer to fathom out why this is so. The security people are saying the same thing and it is no suprise. Government talked about Forensic audit of NNPC but nothing is being done to effect such as we speak. However you can see the speed at which Sanusi is being harrassed left right and centre.
        My question has always been: WHERE IS 20 BILLION DOLLARS? WHERE IS THE MONEY? All these diversionary tactics cut no ice with me. WHERE IS THE MONEY? Ofcourse I am not a fool to understand that it would be difficult for any Judge to rule against a President who could even suspend the appeal court President. WHERE IS THE MONEY???

      • Ikechukwu_67

        Blackman, many thanks for your reply to my post. However let’s take this, like you said, without sentiment. The first thing that you must come out in this respect is this: Does the President have the history of fighting corruption by his close associates? The answer is definitely a NO. Please update me if you have contrary opinion and facts to disproof this..That the CBN was made automous, just like the legislative or judicial arm is the making of the Law. The president accepted that fact in his “media chat”. His point is that he has “overall executive powers” but couldn’t bring out a law to back it up as it concerns the CBN. Liking the fact that CBN is autonomous or not is not material nor relevant in this instance. The fact is that CBN is automous. I can equally go with the fact that the President can suspend the senate President or the Chief Judge of Nigeria with his reasons of having “overall executive powers”. He could do that with the same reasons he adduced for Sanusi whether right or wrong.
        I do know for a fact that if anyone in this forum has a call ,from a personell of the bank that he uses, that some money is being withdrawn from his account. His first port of reason would be less of the ‘intentions’ of the whistle blower than the fact that his money is actually safe. How come it is not so when it concerns the Federation account? How come a CBN Governor, in the Presence of finance minister, Oil minister and NNPC GMD, brought out facts in the open that 20 billion dollars is still unaccounted for. Mind you, non of these individuals rebuffed him with fact whatsoever, yet we are looking for reasons to make the matter go away because it is not our personal money.
        We cannot continue with this heists my brother. Did you even listen to the IG of Police? He basically complained about non availability of money. It is a no brainer to fathom out why this is so. The security people are saying the same thing and it is no suprise. Government talked about Forensic audit of NNPC but nothing is being done to effect such as we speak. However you can see the speed at which Sanusi is being harrassed left right and centre.
        My question has always been: WHERE IS 20 BILLION DOLLARS? WHERE IS THE MONEY? All these diversionary tactics cut no ice with me. WHERE IS THE MONEY? Ofcourse I am not a fool to understand that it would be difficult for any Judge to rule against a President who could even suspend the appeal court President. WHERE IS THE MONEY???

      • Ikechukwu_67

        Blackman, many thanks for your reply to my post. However let’s take this, like you said, without sentiment. The first thing that you must come out in this respect is this: Does the President have the history of fighting corruption by his close associates? The answer is definitely a NO. Please update me if you have contrary opinion and facts to disproof this..That the CBN was made automous, just like the legislative or judicial arm is the making of the Law. The president accepted that fact in his “media chat”. His point is that he has “overall executive powers” but couldn’t bring out a law to back it up as it concerns the CBN. Liking the fact that CBN is autonomous or not is not material nor relevant in this instance. The fact is that CBN is automous. I can equally go with the fact that the President can suspend the senate President or the Chief Judge of Nigeria with his reasons of having “overall executive powers”. He could do that with the same reasons he adduced for Sanusi whether right or wrong.
        I do know for a fact that if anyone in this forum has a call ,from a personell of the bank that he uses, that some money is being withdrawn from his account. His first port of reason would be less of the ‘intentions’ of the whistle blower than the fact that his money is actually safe. How come it is not so when it concerns the Federation account? How come a CBN Governor, in the Presence of finance minister, Oil minister and NNPC GMD, brought out facts in the open that 20 billion dollars is still unaccounted for. Mind you, non of these individuals rebuffed him with fact whatsoever, yet we are looking for reasons to make the matter go away because it is not our personal money.
        We cannot continue with this heists my brother. Did you even listen to the IG of Police? He basically complained about non availability of money. It is a no brainer to fathom out why this is so. The security people are saying the same thing and it is no suprise. Government talked about Forensic audit of NNPC but nothing is being done to effect such as we speak. However you can see the speed at which Sanusi is being harrassed left right and centre.
        My question has always been: WHERE IS 20 BILLION DOLLARS? WHERE IS THE MONEY? All these diversionary tactics cut no ice with me. WHERE IS THE MONEY? Ofcourse I am not a fool to understand that it would be difficult for any Judge to rule against a President who could even suspend the appeal court President. WHERE IS THE MONEY?

      • Ikechukwu_67

        Blackma, let’s now face facts. Can we point at one case where the president, even pretended, to fight corruption? Reeling out cases of corruption against the president’s men, which the president has refused to act on, is just a waste of time. How come the president was busy defending deziani on nationat tv but was ready to act on sanusi with alacrity when the man started “talking”? When the president was asked that the same report he was talking about indicted the acting governor and other directors.The president said “he couldn’t suspend everyone”.But he had to act on sanusi because he was the chairman of the board.Mind you deziani is the chairman of nnpc board in which a forensic audit is being talked about.Guess what? SHe is still NNPC board chairman but we have 20 billion dollars unaccounted for by nnpc.What are we talking about? Suddenly all manner of queries are being leaked by the government just because they don’t want us to talk about 20 billion dollars. It would not work.Where is the money? Of course I am no fool to expect anything from a high court judge to rule in a case against president when he knows that the president suspended the president of the court of appeal even when he didn’t have power to do so. CBN is autonomous and the president acknowledged so.That is the law..liking it or not is immaterial in this context. All the same where is the money?

    • emmanuel

      A CBN governor that was not responsible to his board is a dangerous wild beast and that was Sanusi.

      The way it was with him, he was the prime Minister while Jonathan was the Ceremonial head of Nigeria. I am sure this will never happen again.

      I can bet that the NASS will quickly amend the CBN act now that the head would be from the South. That is the beauty of tribal democracy

    • abujakeneth

      The problem is not with the president but Nigerians. Our constitution is flawed and self centredness will not allow us to correct it. The Constitution granted the president immense powers but despite that court still restrain the president from arresting Sanusi showing that courts are equally powerful. That is the beauty of democracy.

  • emmanuel

    Breaking News!

    El-Rufai, Saraki and Kwakwanso want presidential aspiration doors closed to Buhari. The end of APC has come. So what will Tinubu do now, take side and send Buhari away, the little support they have up North is because of Buhari.

    Every single soul in the APC are self centred. They all want to be president and the dog eat dog game has just begun. I urge the PDP to quickly close its door against Saraki because the APC will show him their back soon.

    It is very clear that God arranged a change in Nigeria governance by throwing up Jonathan, because 2015 victory is becoming glaring.