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FG to Issue Public Apology & Pay N50 Million to CBN Ex Governor Sanusi



CBN ex-Governor- Bella Naija

A Nigerian court has ruled that the Department of State Services, DSS broke the law when it impounded the international passport of former CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

You will recall that the DSS seized Sanusi’s passport on February 20th at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Sanusi subsequently filed a complaint, claiming that his rights had been violated. The DSS then filed a counter-affidavit, claiming that Sanusi’s passport was seized because he is under investigation for allegedly financing terrorism in Nigeria (if you missed this story, click here).

At the Federal High Court hearing, which took place in Lagos on Thursday, Judge Ibrahim Buba declared that the actions of the DSS were unconstitutional, and ordered them to return Sanusi’s passport promptly, Vanguard reports.

The judge also ordered the Federal Government to pay Sanusi N50 million ($300,000) in damages as well as issue a public apology.

Photo Credit: Vanguard


  1. naijababe__

    April 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    wait why give N50M to him as an apology… what happen to an open letter or better still a private message to him, government should stop wasting money and invest it in the country

    • Bee

      April 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      They need to be fined where it hurts so they don’t act so willy nilly recklessly in the future.

  2. Di

    April 3, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Pay him that amount for damages in a country where women don’t get good maternal care, kids hawking instead of schooling, high rate of jobless graduates!? Where the heck was this ‘judge’ when NYSC students in the North were brutally murdered and burnt in the middle of streets like unappreciated wild animals. Their families were promised 2 million or something, how does this have more damages than that ???!

    • slice

      April 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      well if they don’t give it to him, they won’t use it on those people either so it’s ok. This is how we make the society better. consequences.

  3. Marie Antoinette

    April 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Lol! #Winning! I’m sure FG will appeal.

  4. NaijaPikin

    April 3, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Only the rich get “a version” of justice in Naija

  5. Shee

    April 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    50million for what? for seizing passoort. As if he his innocent, this DSS should have just done their job smoothly, they need to know the law

  6. Iris

    April 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Are they high?! Whose 50 million?! We all know that money isn’t coming from someone’s personal bank account. If they want the government to pay for damages, fine but 50 million because of what?

  7. Sunshine

    April 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I give up!!!!!!!! Our legal systems now works……..and also awards compensations ???


    April 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    like he needs more money! mchew! nigerias money is being spent on rich peoples weddings and all other rubbish

  9. Winny

    April 3, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Nigeria as a country is a big joke. So you pay a corrupt CBN governor 50m and nothing for the dead victims families of the immigration jobs fiasco. BRAVO!!!!

    • slice

      April 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      The families should sue too. This is a court awarding money. Not the government. if the families want money from this yeye govt, they need to sue as well

  10. Apoptosis

    April 3, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Hmm… If he is truly innocent of all the allegations placed on him, then it is only right to offer him a public apology. I mean, the way his name has been purportrated by the media makes him look like a wanton criminal. This form of offence would go under the name “slander”. As for the amount he is to be paid: no comment.

    • OgeAdiro

      April 3, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Nna ehn, I travel for this your “purportrated” oh. DSS, abeg come and seize my passport.

  11. @edDREAMZ

    April 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    They have already planned the whole thing.. 50 million is a big money for such common case…… God is watchig them though…

  12. okija tins

    April 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Aboki Judge before nko? No wonder N50M i hear… How about the youths, students civillians etc who lost their lives in the North, during last election as well, why didnt the courts order the FG to pay money to their family?

    Now na Fulani prince, N50M for mere passport seizure and SSS quizzing ( I mean he has his LIFE unlike those 6 feet deep)

  13. Deee

    April 4, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Very good judgment , with more like this the security forces will stop their careless harassment of citizens. They should learn to build their case properly rather than just illegally detaining people.

  14. ao

    April 4, 2014 at 4:18 am

    The judges name is “Ibrahim Buba”. That explains a lot.

  15. Emy

    April 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Rule of Law in Nigeria is DEAD! The 50m is just a way to silence sanusi for life. Well done bloody government of Nigeria.

  16. Mae

    April 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

    It’s called ‘punitive damages’ people!

  17. no heart to hate

    April 4, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Na April fool sha

  18. whocares

    April 4, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Why is a public apology not enough for unlawful confiscation of passport? 50 million naira?!?!? How does a judge justify that amount in this situation? He was being investigated wasn’t he true, and we all know that you are usually advised not to travel in those circumstances. The DSS might have been heavy-handed in their approach, but that heavy handedness is not worth 50million.. smh

  19. Ezebunafo.

    April 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

    naija govt ar nt helping matters at al,hw can Presido pay #50m 2 sanusi as an apology say wetin hapen? God go punish u al rascals.

  20. Beekay

    April 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I don’t want to assume that the judge has some kind of understanding or relationship with Sanusi which warranted that amount of compensation. Baba Suwe was awarded half this amount for wrongful arrest and detention by the NDLEA. I am not a lawyer and I stand to be corrected but in my opinion there is nothing abnormal about this judgement. Hate him or love him, this Sanusi dude get mouth.

  21. Stephanie

    April 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Na wa oh…9ja!

  22. Era Mandi

    June 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I really wonder if some of you think before you post. We get bad service from every almost every government organization and private companies on a daily bases. Officials use their positions to make money, authorities maltreat the poor and uneducated, private companies get away with bad service every day. Now when it comes to authorities, most are only working to make money and not for the benefit of the citizens. When will everyone wake up in this country and ask for the rights of the poor. If you guys would spend as much effort to post messages for good causes, there will then be change in this country. With regards to the case in question, officials and authorities will have to follow the laws and constitutional jurisdiction, when they don’t, they will have to pay damages. If he also turns out to be guilty, he should pay too.

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