Jonathan wants court to decline jurisdiction in Sanusi’s suit
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.