Jonathan wants court to de­cline ju­ris­dic­tion in Sanusi’s suit

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan yes­ter­day urged a Federal High Court in Abuja to dis­miss a suit filed by sus­pended gover­nor of Cen­tral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi seek­ing his re-in­state­ment.

Ar­gu­ing a pre­lim­i­nary ob­jec­tion on the pres­i­dent’s be­half yes­ter­day, Dr Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) con­tended that only the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court (NIC) has the exclusive ju­ris­dic­tion to hear any mat­ter re­lated to em­ploy­ment as pro­vided in sec­tion 11 of the NIC Act, 2006.

Ajogwu fur­ther ar­gued that the suit is in­com­pe­tent be­cause the CBN gover­nor has not been re­moved but was sus­pended to give way for in­ves­ti­ga­tion of al­le­ga­tions of mis­man­age­ment and award of con­tracts of N163 bil­lion, which is in ex­cess of CBN statu­tory share of N100 bil­lion.

Also in their sep­a­rate ob­jec­tions the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion (AGF) Mo­hammed Adoke (SAN) and the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Mo­hammed Abubakar both urged the court to strike out the suit and award ex­em­plary dam­ages against the em­bat­tled CBN gover­nor.

Coun­sels to the AGF and the IGP, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) and Solomon Umoh (SAN) both main­tained that the court lacks the ju­ris­dic­tion to en­ter­tain the suit.

How­ever, Kola Awodein (SAN) who rep­re­sented Sanusi urged the court to dis­coun­te­nance the sub­mis­sions and as­sume ju­ris­dic­tion in the mat­ter by in­ter­pret­ing sec­tion 251 of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion. He fur­ther urged the court to hold that the Pres­i­dent has no pow­ers to sus­pend the CBN gover­nor from of­fice.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the ob­jec­tions and the orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons, Jus­tice Gabriel Ko­la­wole ad­journed the suit to May 20 for judg­ment.

From left: Vice-Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo; Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­madu Sa’ad Abubakar and Gover­nor Aliyu Wa­makko of Sokoto, dur­ing a con­do­lence visit by the vice pres­i­dent over the death of the Sul­tan’s brother in Sokoto yes­ter­day.

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