From Ayodele Samuel & Matthew Irinloye, Lagos
Suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday denied any link or being a major financier of dreaded Boko Haram sect. Sanusi also insisted that Federal Government had failed to substantiate the allegation of terrorism financing levelled against him.
Sanusi, who spoke through his lawyer, Kola Awodein (SAN) at the resumed hearing of his fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, stressed that apart from the mere allusion to the allegation of terrorism financing, the Federal Government never produced any evidence before the court to back up such claim.
Sanusi had filed the suit against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Bello Adoke;
Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and the Department of State Security (DSS) seeking perpetual injunction restraining security agencies from arresting him without following due process in respect of the allegations against him.
Sanusi filed the suit a day after he was removed from office by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He had predicated the suit on his arrest and detention for about one hour at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja by DSS operatives upon arrival from Niger Republic shortly after his removal was announced. His passport was also impounded and had since been with the DSS.
Meanwhile, the trial Judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, has reserved ruling in the matter till Thursday, April 3. The judge fixed the ruling date after parties argued and adopted their arguments in support and against the suit.