The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained the Police, State Security Service, SSS, or any other agent of the federal government from arresting the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido.
Sanusi, whose suspension was announced on Thursday, approached the court Friday urging it to direct the federal government and its agents or privies to maintain status quo pending the hearing and the determination of the motion on notice.
Joined as co-defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and the State Security Service, SSS, listed as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.
Speaking through his lawyers, V.O.M. Alonge, Ikem Isiekwena, Bashiru Ramoni, Benjamin Omoruyi and Loretta Ossai, the bank chief also asked the court to restrain the defendants from violating, interfering with, or imposing any restriction on the enjoyment of his rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The presiding judge, Justice I.N. Buba granted all the prayers of the plaintiff and adjourned the matter to Friday next week for hearing.
Sanusi’s five-year tenure was due to expire in June.