The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Thursday won a major victory in his legal battle against the federal government since his ouster, as a Federal High Court ordered the government to return his seized international passport to him, stating that the terrorism charge preferred against was an afterthought.
Sanusi had filed a suit at the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, seeking an order restraining the police and the Department of Security Service (DSS) from infringing on his fundamental human rights, following his detention and seizure of his passport at the Murtala Muhammadu Airport in Lagos on the day he was removed as the CBN governor.
Joined in the suit were the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector General of Police (IG), and the DSS, as first, second, and third respondents respectively.
The SSS had hinged its decision to arrest Sanusi and confiscate his passport on allegations that he was aiding terrorists.
However, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court ruled in Sanusi’s favour and also asked the government to apologise to him for the seizure of his international passport by the DSS.