A federal high Court in Lagos on Thursday, awarded embattled former Governor of Nigeria’s central bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, N50, 000 in damages and ordered the immediate release of his passport.
The ruling led by Justice Ibrahim Buba also restrained the Police and any other security agencies from further interference with or violation of Sanusi’s personal rights to liberty, freedom of movement, and right to personal dignity.
The damages was awarded against the respondents who include the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar, Attorney General Of The Federation Bello Adoke and the Department for State Security (DSS), all of whom were directed to issue a public apology to the applicant for unlawful arrest, harassment, intimidation , withdrawal and seizure of his passport .
The court, which held that the action of the respondents was an unlawful violation of Sanusi’s right to personal liberty as guaranteed by section 35 of the 1999 constitution and Article 6 of African Charter on Human and People’s Rights Act, Cap A9, LFN, 2004 however declined issuing an order of perpetual injunction against the respondents on the ground that the applicant can still approach the court if his rights is violated.
Sanusi was suspended from his position on the 20th of February by President Goodluck Jonathan, over allegations of misappropriation of funds.