A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has restrained the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services from arresting or harrassing the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The high court also ordered the release of Sanusi?s passport to him which was seized by DSS operatives immediately while also awarding the embattled CBN boss N50 million in exemplary damages.

Mr. Sanusi?s passport was seized on February 20, as he arrived the Lagos international airport, a few hours after he was suspended as CBN Governor by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sanusi was also briefly detained as well.

Mr. Sanusi, in separate suits, had challenged his suspension, and asked for enforcement of his

fundamental rights as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution.

The court, on February 21, granted an interim order, restraining the respondents from arresting, detaining, or harassing the applicant

pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The interim order was sequel to an affidavit of urgency filed by the applicant on the same date.

On Monday, the court adjourned to April 3 ruling on the preliminary objection raised against the restraining order by the SSS and the police.

The court has now ruled, saying the government and its agencies have no basis to arrest or harass Mr. Sanusi.

The court also condemned the seizure of the CBN Governor?s travelling documents.


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