Legal fireworks might have started over the suspension of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Street Journal’s findinga revealed that the suspended governor has obtained a court order restraining the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Security from arresting him.
The restraining order, which was obtained from the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, directed the heads of the DSS, the police and the country’s Ministry of Justice and their agents not to arrest Mallam Sanusi pending the determination of the motion on notice brought by the suspended governor.
The order was issued on Thursday by Justice I.N. Buba shortly after Sanusi returned from Niger Republic where he was attending a conference before news of his suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan reached him.
The AGP, IGP and DSS are listed as first, second and third respondents in the case filed on behalf of Sanusi by V.O.M. Alonge, Ikem Isiekwena, Bashiru Ramoni, Benjamin Omoruyi and Loretta Ossai.
The court order, which was enndorsed the Registrar, O.C. Osakwe, also called for the maintenance of status quo in the matter pending the determination of the motion on notice.
The court granted Sanusi leave fo the service of the originating summons and other accompanying court processes on the defendants outside the jurisdiction of the court and in Abuja.