Not Yet Uhuru: DSS Appeals Sanusi Ruling
The Department of State Services is appealing the ruling of the Federal High Court in Lagos on an application for the enforcement of fundamental rights by the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Lamido Sanusi.
In the ruling on Thursday, Justice Ibrahim Buba declared the seizure of Sanusi’s passport unlawful and asked the Federal Government to return the document and tender a public apology to Mr Sanusi.
Justice Buba, also awarded the sum of 50 million Naira (about 296,000 dollars) as damages in favour of the suspended CBN Governor.
The court further restrained the Federal Government, through its agents or representatives, from arresting and detaining Mr Sanusi without following due process of law, and restrained the government from interfering with Mr Sanusi’s freedom of movement.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the DSS, Marilyn Ogar, the DSS expressed its disappointment and dissatisfaction with the judgment, describing it as erroneous.
Ogar stated that in impounding the passport of Mr Sanusi, the Service had acted in accordance with the law, citing sections 3(2) (b) of Instrument SSS No. 1 made pursuant to section 6 of the National Security Agencies (NSA) Act.
The law states: “The State Security Service is hereby empowered to impound and keep in its custody the passports or any other property of persons or organisations under investigation if considered appropriate by the Director General. Returns of all such seizures shall be rendered to the National Security Adviser, while such passports shall be returned to the Owners as soon as the investigation is concluded”.
She, however, pointed out that the service would continue to hold the judiciary in high esteem as critical partners in nurturing Nigeria’s democracy and in building the nation.
Officials of the State Security Service in February seized Mr Sanusi’s travelling documents shortly after he arrived in Lagos from Niger, where he had gone to attend a meeting of governors of central banks in the West African sub-region.
He was still in Niger when he was suspended on allegations of financial recklessness.Add a comment
Sanusi Secures Court Order Preventing FRC From Investigating Him
In a throw back to what Peter Odili did with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which was investigating him,suspended Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has secures an order from a Lagos High Court restraining the Financial Reporting Council from investigating him.
Some pundits are wondering why Sanusi is so desperate to stop the FRC from investigating him if he is as innocent as he claims.
Justice J.T. Tsoho who gave the order however made it preservatory which means that depending on how the substantive case goes, the FRC may still carry on with its investigations.
It would be recalled that Sanusi has refused to cooperate with the FRC's investigations which had shown profligate spending by Sanusi.Add a comment
National Conference: Delegates Advocate Death Penalty For Corrupt Public Officers
Public officials found guilty of corruption should be hanged to death, some delegates at the ongoing national conference have proposed.
In his speech, a retired general in the Nigerian Army, Geoffery Ejiga, lamented that the country was deteriorating and urged his colleagues to rise up and salvage the situation.
He recalled that at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference, he suggested capital punishment for corrupt officials but his views were unpopular as he was said to be speaking as a military man.
According to him, China had continued to prosper because of its stand on the menace.
“If they can hang corrupt people in China, then we must hang them here too. I can testify that things are fast deteriorating in this country. We must discuss those issues so that we can pull back our country from the brink of collapse,” he said. Add a comment
Ms. Stella Oduah
Former Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, was Wednesday quizzed for more than five hours by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The ex-minister, who was embroiled in a N255 million bulletproof car scandal in the twilight of her tenure, arrived the commission at about 10 am and left at 3.30 pm.
Sources at the commission disclosed that she was granted provisional bail after making a useful statement that will assist the investigation of the commission into the procurement of the two bulletproof BMWs by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for her personal use when she was the minister. Add a comment
Buhari Escapes Death in Car Accident
One of the vehicles in the convoy of former Head of State , Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), was yesterday involved in an auto crash along Kachia – Kaduna highway.
Media gathered last night that no life was lost during the incident.
The incident was said to have happened when one of the vehicles in the convoy of Buhari, a Prado Jeep somersaulted several times while trying to avoid running into an oncoming vehicle.
Buhari had led a delegation of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a condolence visit to the Chief of Marwa, Malam Tagwai Sambo, and was said to be returning to Kaduna from Kaura local government area when the incident occurred.Add a comment
El-rufai Justifies APC’s Muslim/Muslim Ticket
Former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has responded to his former colleague, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Obasanjo era Minister for Aviation, who advised their new party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, not to field a Muslim/Muslim ticket for President and vice President.
It would be recalled that only last week, on the 29th of March Femi Fani Kayode had warned against a Muslim/Muslim joint ticket, saying “I have said it privately in countless political meetings and I will say it publiclly today. Please mark it- the biggest mistake that my party, the APC, can make is to field a muslim/muslim ticket in the 2015 Presidential election. If we do that we will not only offend the Christian community but we will also loose (sic) the election woefully”.
When some thought he could not be right in his suppositions, ThisDay Newspapers, an authoritative voice, revealed in a headline titled ‘APC Inches Towards Buhari-Tinubu Ticket’. This revelation published on the 31st of March revealed that the APC “decision to field Buhari and Tinubu as APC’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates respectively, was informed by the massive votes, which the pairing of both men could garner for the party during the election”. Add a comment
Four suspected suicide bombers die in Maiduguri
Military authority on Tuesday said four persons believed to be terrorists/suicide bombers had died in Maiduguri.
The authority said the suspected bombers were heading to NNPC facility on Maiduguri-Damboa Road when they died in their vehicles laden with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED)
This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director of Defense Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade.
The statement said the explosions that led to their death took place at Mule in the outskirts of Maiduguri.
According to the statement, three of the four explosive-laden vehicles were demobilised by shots fired at them by soldiers at the check point shortly before the explosions that rocked the area.
The statement said that occupants of the vehicles were killed in the explosions.
“Five soldiers were wounded while the civilian casualties are yet to be determined”, the statement said, adding that more details of the incident would be released later. (NAN)