Suspension as CBN Governor: Jonathan floors Sanusi at Federal High Court

Posted by News Express | 20 May 2014 | 3,291 times

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President Goodluck Jonathan this afternoon at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja floored suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. The court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawole dismissed the suit by Sanusi challenging the powers of President Jonathan to suspend him from office.

The court ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear the matter, saying the matter is a dispute between an employer and its employee which is supposed to be handled by the National Industrial Court.

The court had on April 8 reserved judgment till today after hearing the respondent counsel’s preliminary objection and Sanusi’s counsel’s originating summons, as well as the adoption of same.

Sanusi had on February 24 challenged his suspension from office by the president and urged the court to reverse the decision.

The President, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and the Inspector-General of Police were joined as first, second and third defendants respectively, in the suit.

Sanusi, whose tenure as CBN Governor ends early June, was suspended at the height of his campaign for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Ministry of Petroleum to account for allegedly missing $20 billion oil revenue. The matter has been dying down since Sanusi’s suspension.

•Photo shows suspended CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Source: News Express

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