Update: SSS, Presidency Say Sanusi Is Boko Haram's Sponsor


The plot to silence the suspended Governor of CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, at all cost has assumed a sad and frightening dimension. Few weeks after President Goodluck Jonathan's aide on New Media, Reno Omokri, was caught in the act of publishing false information online with a fake name - Wendel Simlin - another plot is now in motion to link Sanusi with the same allegations that Reno Omokri published.

The Federal Government and the State Security Service have accused Mallam Sanusi, of financing terrorism in the counter-affidavits they deposed to before a Federal High Court which is hearing a suit by Sanusi. The ex-CBN chief is seeking a perpetual injunction to restrain the SSS and the police from arresting him.

Reacting to the latest development, Sanusi’s lawyer, Kola Awodein, said:
“The seizure of the applicant’s international passport by the third respondent, is a violation of his freedom of movement. The first to third respondents give conflicting reasons as to the complaint made against the applicant: This conflict goes to show that they acted without due process of the law
“The allegation against the applicant as to funding of terrorism, is an afterthought by the respondents, which is not backed by facts, as there is no reasonable suspicion that the applicant committed any crime.
“The law clearly defines how such duties should be performed, and so, I invite your Lordship to hold that the applicant has a cause of action against the respondent.” 
Justice Ibrahim Buba after taking parties’ argument adjourned ruling till April 3.

The SSS had seized Sanusi’s passport after he was suspended as CBN governor in March. Following that, he had instituted the suit to restrain the security agencies from arresting or harassing him.

The court had on February 21, granted an interim order of injunction, restraining the respondents from arresting, detaining, or harassing Sanusi pending the determination of the motion on notice.

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