SSS Arrest Warrant On Sanusi Was ‘Empty’ Without Criminal Offence



Following the complaint by the suspended Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to the court about his illegal harassment and seizure of his passport at Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos by men of the State Security Services (SSS), the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi has asked the SSS, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar and all agencies of the State to desist from arresting Sanusi or further harassment on him

The order [see copy of order below] was granted by Justice Buba Ibrahim, pending the determination of a fundamental human rights suit which Sanusi complained about on his arrival at the airport.

In the suit filed before the court, Sanusi noted that the action of the EFCC is a violation 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. His counsel is Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and Kola Awodein (SAN)

The case has been fixed for hearing on Friday, 28th February 2014 by Justice Buba.

Sanusi was surprisingly suspended on Thursday by President Jonathan over ‘financial recklessness’ and other civil offences. gathered that the State Security Service (SSS) have obtained an arrest warrant to to pick up the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), without stating any criminal offence in it.

The warrant detailed that Sanusi will have his house in Abuja searched by the SSS in order to retrieve any documents of money laundering crimes that he may have.

The arrest will also seek to detain him for interrogation and if possible get him gagged.




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