20 February 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan to Sanusi - You Can Go to Court

Reserve Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is free to challenge his suspension in court.

The president, through his spokesman, Reuben Abati, said this in Abuja this afternoon during an interview with State House correspondents.

Abati was responding to a question on a possible attempt by Sanusi to head for a court to challenge the legality of his suspension.

According to the presidential aide, if Sanusi chooses to go to court, he is free to do so as the constitution allows individuals to express themselves.

"If he does (goes to court), he is free to do so. Individuals have the right to express themselves under the constitution", he said.

He, however, stressed that the president did not remove Sanusi, saying he only suspended him pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations into all the allegations against him.

He said the investigations began first week of May last year, adding that part of the issues against Sanusi was the CBN's unlawful expenditures on intervention projects across the country, without any approval.

Abati, however, said he was not aware of any directive for Sanusi's arrest.

He also said Sanusi's suspension had nothing to do with the revelations he had made regarding the allegedly missing $20bn at the NNPC.

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