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Thursday, 27 February 2014

*** B-r-e-a-k-i-n-g N-e-w-s *** <<< COURT REJECTS SANUSI'S BID TO REVERSE SUSPENSION >>> ;

Sanusi Lamido
Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday declined an ex-parte application filed by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), Lamido Sanusi.Sanusi had in the application, sought to reverse his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan, pending the determination of an interlocutory motion he filed along with a suit he initiated, challenging the suspension.He had accompanied the ex-parte application with documents, includinga letter dated February 19, 2014, addressed to the plaintiff by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, titled:”Suspension from office.”Shortly after the applicant’s lawyer, Sam Kagbo, informed the court about the application, Justice Kolawole said he felt hesitant and constrained to grant the reliefs sought. He ordered that the respondents be put on notice.On plaintiff’s apprehension that a delay would occasion harm to his interest, the judge noted that the court possesses the powers to declare the suspension unlawful and order his return to office, if at the end of trial, it finds that the suspension was wrong.He added that even where the tenure had lapsed, the court could order the defendants to pay the plaintiff such remunerations and allowances, if his remuneration and allowances were also suspended while his suspension lasted.The judge held that it was unsafe, at the current preliminary stage of the case, for the court to embark on granting far-reaching interim orders which have all the attributes of a mandatory injunction without hearing from the defendants.Justice Kolawole noted that, when defendants have been duly served withthe originating summons and motion on notice, he intends to inquire whether, in the light of the Third Alteration Act, No: 20 of the Constitution, the Federal High Court has the jurisdiction to hear the case, irrespective of the questions for determination contained in the originating summons.He consequently adjourned to March 12 for hearing.In a suit filed on Monday, Sanusi wants the court to among others, restrain the President and two others from giving effect to his purported suspension pending the determinationof his suit.Also to be restrained are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
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