Security agents shun court order to seize Sanusi’s passport
Despite being shown a court order, security men at the weekend prevented suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from traveling abroad.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had described as illegal and unconstitutional, Sanusi’s arrest at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos, after he was suspended from office by President Goodluck Jonathan. It ordered the return of his passport, which the security again seized at the weekend.
He was stopped at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, in Kano on his way to France enroute Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the lesser Hajj.
Sanusi’s passport was also reportedly seized by the men who said they were acting on instructions.
Former FCT Minister Nasir El-Rufai criticised the Federal Government for the seizure.
El-Rufai said he was angry, helpless and ashamed of the government’s “sheer brainlessness”.
He said: “My brother Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (SLS) has just been stopped at Kano Airport and prevented from travelling to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj, violating his freedom of movement, religion and conscience.
“These Jonathanians have no respect for the laws of the country and court judgment, yet they expect citizens to respect them and take them seriously.
“They have failed to provide basic security. They dance and party when citizens are being bombed to death and our daughters being abducted by Boko Haram. They then insult our sensibilities by questioning whether over 200 girls have ever been kidnapped from Chibok, and then form a committee in search of someone to blame.
“They are cowards who run into hiding with the hint of the slightest danger to their bodies or bank accounts. They block public roads they did not build to protect themselves and care less about the safety of the Nigerian citizen, but are quick to violate the rights of unarmed and law abiding citizens like SLS because he exposed them.
“We hope that SLS’ lawyers will go back to the High Court and procure the arrest of those behind this latest violation of the ruling of the court.”
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