Breaking News: Sanusi Returns To Nigeria, Passport Seized By SSS

 

Ousted CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi returned to Nigeria after attending an ECOWAS meeting in the Niger Republic. He was attending the meeting when he heard of his suspension. Upon arrival at the Lagos international airport, he was briefly detained by the Nigerian State Security Services and had his passport seized

 

 
 
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Sanusi Threatens To Drag Jonathan To Court Over Sack Says, “I have No Regrets”

Sacked former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi
Lamido Sanusi has threatened to drag President Goodluck Jonathan to court
to determine if indeed the President has the powers to remove him.

President Jonathan had Thursday suspended Sanusi over allegation of
financial recklessness during his five-year tenure of Governor of the apex
Bank

But in an interview with CNBC Africa, Sanusi said: “it has never been my
desire to hold on to a job but however, I think it is important legally to
establish a point whether this can happen otherwise, the next CBN Governor
can be suspended and the independence of the CBN undermined.”

Insisting he has no plan to return to the apex Bank, the former CBN
Governor said, “if I have been queried or convicted, it’s a different
matter but to exercise this rights arbitrarily and in a letter signed by
the SGF not even by the President. These are the questions that needs to
be answered in the court of law.”

“I do plan to have the court confirm if President has the authority to
sack a CBN Governor.

The former CBN Governor who expressed no regrets over his attack on the
Jonathan’s led Government said, “you can suspend an individual but you
cannot suspend the truth. This is all about oil revenues and his concerns.
If this will bring back the $20 Billion, that is fine.”

On the allegation of his financial recklessness while in CBN, Sanusi said,
“ I don’t know what they are talking about, I don’t know what those
allegations are. When I return back, I will see what they are.

He said when the Financial Reporting Agency sought for answers to
questions raised from the CBN audited account, he had responded and since
then did not hear anything again from them.

Sanusi said the issues are the same issues that has been raised and
cleared earlier.

Expressing shock why it took the President this long to remove him, he
said, “ …we all know what this is about. It is about the consequences for
decision I have taken. I have no regrets. This is something that is long
overdue, I am surprised it took them so long.”

Sanusi’s Removal: CNPP Blast Jonathan, says “Its Selective Witch-Hunt”

The Conference of Nigerian Political Party, CNPP has accused President
Goodluck Jonathan of witch-hunting over the suspension of Mallam Sanusi
Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

CNPP in a press statement signed by Osita Okechukwu, said the suspension
is in bad faith especially coming at a time when Sanusi had accused some
persons in Government of squandering oil revenues.

The statement reads:

“Whereas, the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties {CNPP} cannot fault
the powers of President Goodluck E. Jonathan, GCFR to suspend any official
of the Federal Government ; however we rate the suspension of Governor
Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as selective,
witch-hunt and one done strictly in bad faith.

“For the avoidance of doubt, for a long time tongues have been wagging on
the way and manner Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had converted the CBN into a
charity organization; but Mr President did not take special notice nor was
deeply concerned until Malam Sanusi opened the Pandorax-Box in what we may
term the cash-cow – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation {NNPC}.

“CNPP like most patriots will celebrate the day President Jonathan
suspends those whom Malam Sanusi had clearly exposed for allegedly
squandering billions of  United States Dollars {USD} of Crude Oil revenue
without due process, lack of transparency and most importantly utter
disregard to appropriation by the National Assembly.

“Until then, we regard the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank of
Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as selective, witch-hunt and
suspension done in bad faith.”

CBN Governor: HURIWA Calls For Fairness On Sanusi

 

A pro-transparency and democracy inclined Non-governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has asked President Good luck Jonathan and the National Assembly to thread softly and ensure that the baby is not thrown away with the bath water in the matter of the suspension by the President of the embattled Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
 
Reacting to the suspension of the Central Bank chief the Rights group stated that the impression created by the sudden turn of event with regards to the removal of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria was that the Government of the Nigerian State is going after him because of the ‘heroic’ role of a whistle blower he reportedly played  in disclosing the top secret of alleged missing money totaling over $20, 000 billion reportedly stolen by officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC].
 
Besides, HURIWA faulted the quality of legal advise received by President Jonathan that occasioned this sudden removal of the CBN governor even when there is a groundswell of legal opinion that the legislature is to be consulted before reaching such a determination in line with extant enabling Act setting up the Central Bank of Nigeria.
 
In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] said ‘fair hearing’ as enshrined in the chapter four of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must be complied with in determining the fate of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi even as the group said from available records there are no cogent and verifiable records to indicate that the suspended Central Bank chief Executive was offered this constitutional right which is inalienable and inviolable.
 
“We caution against a resort to self help particularly when the media recently reported an altercation on the telephone between President Jonathan and the CBN governor over the latter’s style of administering the nation’s premier banking institution. As a democrat with far reaching credentials, President Jonathan must avoid any action that may be misconstrued as political vendetta. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is controversial no doubt, but Government must comply with extant provisions of the law in dealing with any office holder even if assuming that legally the President who enjoys power of appointment also has the power to terminate.”
 
HURIWA stated thus; “We have just learnt about the suspension of the very outspoken and politically conscious Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by President Jonathan on the grounds of some official indiscretion. We acknowledge that in as much as we have consistently cautioned against some of the outbursts of the now suspended CBN governor because of the adverse economic implications that such high profile speeches may have on the overall health of the nation’s economy, we do also think that the man in question has done so well for the health of the anti-corruption campaign to such a level that some powerful agencies of government in the petroleum sector that have been accused of running opaque financial mechanism have been compelled by the force of public opinion and the powerful disclosures of financial heist in the crude oil sector of the Nigerian economy as made by the suspended CBN governor, to now start responding to the groundswell of allegations of theft directed at some of their officials over the past few years.”
 
The Rights group said the decision to suspend the CBN governor when he was only few weeks to retirement was uncalled for just as HURIWA expressed apprehension that the negative import conveyed by the surreptitious removal of the nation’s chief banker will severely affect the global image of the country as a nation that does not care much about the grave consequences of official corruption and economic crimes. “Why suspend a man who is already on his way out after he served Nigeria for the last four or so years and is credited to have brought sanity and thorough bred reforms in the banking industry that was afflicted by insider dealings and widespread cases of fraudulent practices by bank directors?”
 
HURIWA recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly ordered the Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to proceed on suspension immediately.
 
According to Presidential Adviser on Media, Reuben Abati, Sanusi has been indicted by relevant bodies in the financial sector of financial recklessness.
 
The statement by Government reads thus; “Having taken special notice of reports of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies, which indicate clearly that Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s tenure has been characterized by various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct which are inconsistent with the administration’s vision of a Central Bank propelled by the core values of focused economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline;

Boko Haram Threatens To Kill Buhari, IBB, Kwakwanso, Shettima

…Also Targets Niger Delta, Refineries, Shekarau, Ado Bayero and Shehu of Borno

Boko Haram, the dreaded Islamist terrorist group has said it plans to kill Generals Mohammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida both former Military dictators and Governors Rabiu Musa Kwakanso of Kano State and Kashim Shettima of Borno State.

In a new video recently released and sent to select journalists, leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau who claimed the killing of Sheik Albani said refineries in the Niger Delta would be bombed soon.

 

“We killed Albani of Zaria; Shekau killed Albani of Zaria, and tomorrow he will kill Jingir, Shehu of Borno and Ado Bayero.” The former Governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau is also a target.

 

Shekau also vowed to assassinate Sheik Yaya Jingir based in Plateau state along with many others they accused of supporting Christians, democracy and infidels.

 

“We will bomb refineries there, those in Jonathan’s town and their leader should know. Shekau is talking to you; this small boy is talking to you, very soon your refinery will be crushed, and very soon, we will bomb this refineries you are flaunting. Niger Delta you are in danger, Jonathan you are in danger.”

 

He boasted that Boko Haram is responsible for the killing of Christians whom he described as infidels. Shekau also said soon the sect will be spread all over Nigeria and anyone found in school or teaching western education will be killed.