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Sanusi Lamido Fingered As Top Boko Haram Sponsor In Nigeria

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March 31, 2014 – Sanusi Lamido Fingered As Top Boko Haram Sponsor In Nigeria

A new twist has been added to the ongoing travails of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Lamido Sanusi, as the Department of State Security Service, SSS, has accused him of financing terrorism.

The SSS stated this at the Federal High Court, Lagos, while defending its decision to seize Mr. Sanusi’s international passport.

Mr. Sanusi’s passport was seized on February 20, as he arrived the Lagos international airport, hours after he was suspended as Central Bank Governor by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The new charge, which Mr. Sanusi’s lawyers described as false and baseless, tallies with a similar surreptitious but baseless allegation thrown at the bank chief by a presidential aide.

Reno Omokri, the Special Assistant to the President on New Media, had, on February 26, used a pseudonym, Wendell Simlin, to circulate an article that tried to link the recent spike in Boko Haram attack to the suspension of the CBN governor.

The embattled CBN chief was controversially suspended by the president based on allegations of ‘financial recklessness’ by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN.

Several investigative reports by PREMIUM TIMES had shown that Mr. Sanusi indeed approved some interventionist spendings from CBN funds, but he did so with adequate approval from the board of his bank and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Sanusi, in separate suits, challenged his suspension, and asked for an enforcement of his fundamental rights as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.
During the hearing of the rights’ suit, which continued on Monday, the respondents – the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF; the Police; and the SSS – made different claims.
Sanusi sponsors terrorism
The fresh terrorism-related allegation against Mr. Sanusi came from the SSS.

The agency said it was investigating Mr. Sanusi for allegedly financing terrorism. The SSS counsel, Moses Idakwo, said Mr. Sanusi’s interaction with SSS officials did not last for up to an hour and did not constitute a violation of his rights.

He said the provisions of Section 6 of the National Security Agencies’ Act empowered the Service to impound the international passport of suspects pending the conclusion of investigations.

It is not clear how this fresh allegation by the SSS is related to the dubious claims by Mr. Omokri.

PREMIUM TIMES and a few citizen journalists had exposed how Mr. Omokri, using a non-existent alias, Wendell Simlin, created a document linking Mr. Sanusi with financing the terrorist Boko Haram group.

The document was later shown to have been created by Mr. Omokri, with several Nigerians calling for his sack. The presidency has kept mum since the scandal was exposed.

On Monday, however, Mr. Sanusi’s counsel, Kola Awodehin, accused the SSS of falsehood in its new claim against the bank chief, saying the agency had no shred of evidence.
Dismiss Sanusi’s suit
The counsel to the AGF, Fabian Ajogwu, had objected to the suit, urging the court to strike it out for want of jurisdiction.

Mr. Ajogwu argued that the provisions of Section 254 (c) 1 (d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) ousted the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
He noted that the case before the court borders on the applicant’s employment, saying that labour -related cases are within the exclusive jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court, NIC.

“Section 254 (c) 1 (d) of the Constitution vests exclusive jurisdiction on the National Industrial Court, with respect to civil causes or matters touching on employment, labour or industrial relations.

“We respectfully urge the court to hold that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the reliefs sought by the applicant,” he said.

The counsel urged the court to strike out the suit.

Mr. Ajogwu also argued that the applicant should not, by the suit, seek to restrain the respondents from performing their constitutional duties.
He argued that Mr. Sanusi was being investigated based on the FRCN’s claims. He said the suspended bank chief was being investigated in accordance with the provisions of the law, which the respondents had a statutory duty to perform.

Citing the dictum of retired Justice Niki Tobi of the Supreme Court in the case of Adeniran vs Alao, Mr. Ajogwu submitted that a perpetual injunction would be everlasting and could not be granted by
a court of law.

“The applicant’s suit is basically an action to shield him from the machinery of administration of justice, which has been kick-started by the respondents,” Mr. Ajogwu submitted.

Nobody reported Sanusi to us
While the AGF said Mr. Sanusi was being investigated based on the FRCN investigations, the police said it was not investigating the CBN boss.

The counsel to the police, David Abuo, said nobody ever reported Mr. Sanusi to the police.

He, however aligned with Mr. Ajogwu, saying the case should be struck out as it seeks to bar government agencies from performing their duties.
Sanusi reacts

Responding to the respondents’ preliminary objection, Mr. Awodehin submitted that the court was vested with the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
He argued that the suit had nothing to do with the terms of employment of the applicant or industrial relations, since it was not a case of the applicant against the Central Bank of Nigeria.

He argued that the applicant never sought an order of perpetual injunction, adding that the reliefs he sought were qualified.

“It cannot be suggested that the applicant is restraining the respondents from performing their duties, but they must be restrained from doing so without due process of the law.

“The seizure of the applicant’s international passport by the third respondent is a derogation of his freedom of movement,” he said.
Mr. Awodehin also argued that the different submissions by the three respondents showed that laws were being violated in Mr. Sanusi’s treatment.

“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,” he said.

The counsel also argued that the SSS’ claim of financing terrorism was bogus.

“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,” he said.

He urged the court to dismiss the preliminary objection and uphold the case of the applicant.

The court had on February 21 granted an interim order, restraining the respondents from arresting, detaining, or harassing the applicant pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The interim order was sequel to an affidavit of urgency filed by the applicant on the same date. On Monday, the court adjourned ruling on the preliminary objection to April 4.

[Premium Times]

20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. ABOOBAKER ABDULHAMEED

    April 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Hope Jonathan will not destroy Nigeria at the end of the day. He better checks carefully whether his ambush tactics he’s adopted lately will unite Nigeria.

    • bongo

      April 1, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      foolish aboki..na fear de catch u…

      • joy

        April 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        foolish bongo….na u fool pass

  2. iron bar

    April 1, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    drama is unfolding..we shall see the outcome

  3. OmoKehinde

    April 1, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Nigerian people should pay close attention to destructive politics currently going on in our nation today under the leadership of the worse president in Nigerian history. President Badluck Jonathan is already on a deadly mission to destroy anyone or group that act or say anything that will derail his third term in office during the 2015 election. This Boko Haram connection accusation levied against the sacked governor of Nigeria Central Bank is baseless, false, disgraceful, and shameful. This is a desperate move by Badluck Jonathan and his political killer squad to destroy the good name of governor Sanusi for exposing their looted money from our national treasury. This is one of the punishments to noble Nigerian citizen who exposed the stolen 20 billion dollars from the NNPC account needed for Badluck Jonathan and his criminal gang to bribe their way into power come 2015. It concerned me greatly how Nigerian politicians grossly misuse power with no regard for their citizens or electorate. This is a shame of a nation. He – GEJ knows that it is impossible for him to get elected again into power through free and fair election come 2015 because his job approval rating in Nigeria today is total failure. Therefore, he has resulted in gradually paving his way to power in 2015 by destroying his political enemies either by false accusation, assassination, humiliations, and Bribery. This president had intentionally imposed great hardship on Nigerians from all the geo- political sections of the country. On his watch as the most incompetent president Nigeria ever had, more than 50,000 innocent Nigerian citizens have been murdered by Boko Haram, prices of food products have sky rocket like never before, petrol price per gallon jump from # 45 to #120 just in five years, our universities and other higher institutions of learning have been crippled by constant ASUU strikes, electricity supply is at worst phase it ever been, unimaginable high unemployment rate among our able youths, corruption by our politicians is nothing to talk about, our physical infrastructure are all in terrible shapes, Nigeria image abroad has been shattered completely because of corrupt practices of our criminal politicians, innocent Nigerian youths are scammed and killed in fake NIS job recruitment just to mention a few. These politicians which include the state governors, representatives and Senators from both “Houses of Looters”, appointed ministers, state commissioners and the rest are the reason why Nigerian people are suffering because they have no positive agenda to move the nation forward. They are the best in the world at looting their nation treasury. Nigeria has become a talking point wherever corruption is been discussed anywhere in the world. Gov. Sanusi is been punished by this wicked president and his gang for exposing the looted 20 billion dollars from the NNPC account. Nigerians from all over the world should rise up and condemned this false accusation against great Nigerian citizen- Gov Sanusi who has served our nation for many years under many presidents before the emergence of president Badluck Jonathan . No matter what he does, president Jonathan will never be re – elected into office in the 2015 general election by Nigerian people. His presidency has been total disaster to all Nigerians in respective of their races, religious or culture. Nigerians can no longer wait for this do – nothing president to leave power.

    • OmoJesu

      April 1, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Omokinde get ready to *******cox humble Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will rule nigeria again com 2015…..and please sanusi is nt a saint…go and read his history…..am sure he is sponsoring his brothers boko haram

    • The Wise One

      April 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I really don’t understand why some of u, bcos of religion and ethnicity, will be arguing blindly. Was it GEJ that recommended him to the Senate before he was confirmed cbn gov.? I beg stop all these stupid and senseless argument. If sanusi did not sponsor terrorism what was his mission in Chad? Wait now, the sss are doing their job. You will here stories. I hope at the end of the day when you see thief running away with another man’s goat, you won’t say he is justified. Think straight don’t be sentimental.

  4. Bodunwa Idris

    April 1, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    we shall see how dis turn out

  5. D Hunter

    April 1, 2014 at 5:30 AM

    All i hv 2 say here is dat, anybdy who is linked wt all d terrorist attacks dat has bin plundern d Nation all dese yll dat has claimed d lives of more dan 50,000 innocent Nigerians, MUST b xposed in 1 way or d oda coz God is still on d throne.

    No secret is eva secret. Evry secret unda d sun must b revealed. So dat has notin 2 do wt d way anybdy tinks or feels abt it.

    Lets kip our fingers crossed n c hw dis new revelatn unfolds. I am not taking side yet lk odas bt i‘m pretty sure dat, all dese deadly Boko Harams activities in d con3 is nt w/t a strong sponsor(s).
    A clear conscience fears no accusation… It is only d guilty dat thread wt fears n trepidations. Our God is Ominiscience. He knws ALL tins.
    So Mallam Sanusi, if u r innocent, He will vindicate u. Bt if u r guilty of d accusatn…, let fate decide.

  6. burkina faso

    April 1, 2014 at 6:56 AM

    Omokehinde, wat is dt dt mr president naturaly hv, dt u do nt hv? Vote for him or nt, his name is already there in d history of Nigerian presidents. U cant even win as a award chairman let alone a councillor. Stop blames and think of how to move this country forward. The blood of the innocent pple destroyed by this diabolic boko haram must be atoned for. Sanusi or not, the truth must appear, just a matter of time.

  7. Metu Nyetu

    April 1, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    At last there’s anoda news here! I almost thot d world had com 2 a standstill. May I ask, naijajist, wat hapnd?

  8. chijioke wilson

    April 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Omokehind. sir do u rememberd wat late chief Awolowo did to Igbos after de Nigerian Bifran war?

  9. henry

    April 1, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Omokhinde if u dnt hav sometin reasonable 2 say beta shut ur smelin mouth up! Mumu,u re notin but only a hater. If jonathan react they wil tok,if he dont react they wil tok,which kind ppl be dis? Besides,is it President Gudluck dat supose 2b blamed for boko rams insurgent or the northern leaders? U haters wil shrink 2 death cuz u wil sit and watch him dangle on dat seat in 2015.

  10. Julius tosin

    April 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Nigeria worse every year,i dnt knw why God gave us weaked leaders,we always pray nothings change yet may be we are going to consult ogun and sango back oooo.

  11. ALHASSAN EBI

    April 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Only time will tell.lets keep our fingers cross

  12. OMOYE

    April 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    hmmm, NAIJA ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH

  13. joy

    April 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    foolish bongo. na u fool pass

  14. The Wise One

    April 1, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    I really don’t understand why some of u, bcos of religion and ethnicity, will be arguing blindly. Was is not GEJ that recommended him to the Senate before he was confirmed cbn gov.? I beg stop all these stupid and senseless argument. If sanusi did not sponsor terrorism what was his mission in Chad? Wait now, the sss are doing their job. You will here stories. I hope at the end of the day when you see thief running away with another man’s goat, you won’t say he is justified. Think straight don’t be sentimental. From the compilations of this Prime News of wat is it called, the editors are already biased.

  15. OmoKehinde

    April 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    There is one thing I want people on this media to know, your contribution or comments are very crucial for good governance in Nigeria. Criminal politicians will rather prefer your silence to comments through intimidation, distraction, insult, and name calling. Constructive argument supported with facts either for or against any issue raise will be of great benefits to Nigerians reading our comments on this platform.
    It obvious that president Badluck Jonathan supporters on this media will rather insult their fellow citizens who dear call this failed president to accountability. They will rather use distraction tactic to deviate from the real issues affecting Nigerians regardless of their tribes, faith or culture. I refused to go that route with you guys. I will rather argue on those issues affecting our powerless citizens such as insecurity in the country, high rate of unemployment among our youths, the scam and the killing of twenty Nigerians among them igbo, Yoruba, Hause and others. What about high and unimaginable level of corruption recorded under This failed president? I will rather talk about the missing 20 billion dollars from the NNPC account rather than talk about chief Obafemi Awolowo roles during the Biafran war far before I was born in Nigeria. What about the fuel subsidy scam that caused the petrol and kerosene prices to jumped by about 250% just within five years of Jonathan ‘ presidency?. One Omojesu commented that Jonathan will rule Nigeria in 2015 but he refused to tell us Jonathan ‘ s achievements since taking over power over five years ago after sudden death of president Must Yaradua. Also, my good brother-Chijioke linked my comment about this administration falsely accusing Gov. Sanusi to Biafran war and chief Awolowo roles in that wwar between 1967 to 1969 far before I was born a Nigerian. Mr. Chijioke, read my first comment again and you will see no tribal argument in it. Mr.Henry comment lack common sense and facts. He simply commented that I should keep my smelling mouth shut. Please my good brother, tell me how your comment benefit any reader on this media? You will rather insult me rather than argue those issues raised that are affecting all our people from north to south of the country. I think will can agree or disagree on issues without insulting ourselves on this media. None of you supporting this failed president can refutes my argument or issues that I raised in my first comment. It high time that you all man up and argue constructively rather than rain insult on your fellow Nigerian. In my opinion, president Badluck Jonathan bad governance, in competency, low IQ, and lack of agenda to move our nation forward disqualify him for the third term in office come 2015. Therefore, I strongly believe that with his failure as the president of Nigeria, GEJ will lose in a landslide defeat to the opposition party in the 2015 general election. His governance can never pass the test of time because it is not people’s oriented. And his failures as a president is affecting all Nigerians regardless of their language, tribe, religious and culture. Here I rest my case.

  16. Nk Gwarzo

    April 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    There is always a new story in Nigeria. So if he really he is, why are they killing northerners and muslims for that matter? Baseless and pointless story.

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