Daily Trust (Abuja)

31 March 2014

Nigeria: I Didn't Finance Boko Haram Group, Sanusi Tells Court

Lagos — Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, today denied being a major financier ofBoko Haram group in the country.

He also maintained that Federal Government had failed to substantiate the allegation of terrorism financing leveled against him.

He who spoke through his lawyer, Kola Awodehin (SAN) at the resumed hearing of his fundamental human rights enforcement suit before a Lagos Federal High Court .

Awodehin insisted that the allegation of terrorism financing slammed on his clent by the government was a figment of imagination as it never produced any evidence before the court to back up such claim.

He said:"The allegations against the applicant as to funding of terrorism, is an after thought by the respondent, which is not backed by facts, as there is no reasonable suspicion that the applicant committed any crime.

"The law clearly defines how such duties should be performed, and so, I invite your lordship to hold that the applicant has a cause of action against the respondent.

Awodehin drew the court's attention to the provisions of section 251 of the Constitution which provides in its preamble that "Notwithstanding anything to the contrary--- the Federal High Court shall have jurisdiction in civil causes.

He also said the seizure of the applicant's international passport by the third respondent, is a derogation of his freedom of movement.

"The first to third respondents give conflicting reasons as to the complaint made against the applicant: This conflict goes to show that they acted without due process of the law.

"The allegations against the applicant as to funding of terrorism, is an after thought by the respondent, which is not backed by facts, as there is no reasonable suspicion that the applicant committed any crime.

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