A Federal High Court in Lagos Friday issued a restraining order on the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police and State Security Service, their privies or any other law enforcement agencies of the Federal Government “from infringing on the rights” of the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
The CBN governor, who has been having a running battle with President Goodluck Jonathan over his allegation on the non-remittance of oil revenue to the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was suspended by the president Thursday.
The government had alleged non-compliance with the Public Procurement Act by the apex bank and the misstatement of the central bank’s 2012 financial accounts, which were stated as reasons for his suspension.
In a motion exparte dated February 21, 2014, the court ordered the respondents not to interfere or impose any restriction on the enjoyment of Sanusi’s right to personal liberty and freedom pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
While adjourning the hearing of the Motion on Notice till Friday, Feburuary 28, the court also granted Sanusi leave to serve the Originating Summons and other accompanying court processes on the respondents in Abuja.
Sanusi had dragged the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector-General of Police and State Security Service to the Federal High Court, praying, amongst others, to give an order restraining the respondents from violating his rights.