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NIGERIA: Court Fixes Sanusi’s Suit for March 31

A Federal High Court in Lagos Friday fixed March 31, to hear the fundamental rights suit filed by suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
 
Sanusi had filed the suit through his counsel, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo (SAN), seeking an order restraining the police and officers of the State Security Service (SSS) from arresting, detaining or otherwise harassing him.
 
Joined as first to third respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector General of Police (IG), and the SSS.
 
The suit which was fixed for hearing of the applicants motion,  was yesterday adjourned to March 31, to enable counsel regularise their processes.
 
At the mention of the case yesterday, counsel to the first respondent, Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), informed the court that he had a motion on notice dated March 19. He said the motion was for extension of time to regularise his processes filed out of time, and deem same as properly filed.
 
Counsel to the third respondent, Mr. Ahmed Musa, also made the same application before the court, adding that his motion was dated March 17.
 
He also prayed the court for leave to regularise same, and deem it as properly filed.
 
Counsel to the applicant, Chief Kola Awodehin (SAN), did not oppose the application for extension.
He however observed that he was prepared to proceed with his motion, but considering the nature of applications filed by the first and third respondents, he was constrained to seek an adjournment.
 
Consequently, Justice Ibrahim Buba adjourned the suit to March 31 for hearing of the applicants suit, on the understanding that parties would have regularised all processes before the next adjourned date.
 
“The respondents motion for extension of time is granted, and time is hereby extended in terms of the prayers on the face of the motion paper.
 
“This suit is therefore adjourned to March 31 for hearing” he said
The  court had on February 21, granted an interim order of injunction, restraining the respondents from arresting, detaining, or harassing the applicant, pending the determination of the motion on notice.
 
The interim order was sequel to an affidavit of urgency filed by the applicant on the same date.
The court had also granted the applicant leave to serve the Originating Summons and other accompanying court processes on the respondents to the suit.

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