Suspended CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido again was stopped from traveling outside the country, this time for his planned trip to Saudi Arabia for Lesser Hajj by the Department of State Service during the weekend.
Sanusi who was to board the Turkish Airline flight had his passport seized as well by the operatives based at the Aminu Kano International Airport, claiming to only release it if given clearance from Abuja Headquarters, Premium Times reported.
However, the action taken by the DSS was in total contradiction to what was issued by April Third Judgement of a Federal High Court in Lagos, restraining the agency from detaining or publicly harassing the CBN governor or seizing his passport, which makes what the DSS did an action which offends against a law, treaty, or other ruling.
Sanusi’s spokesperson, Adeleke, after narrating the ordeal, added that when the court order was insisted to be read, the DSS dismissed it thereby causing a delay to the flight. His luggage was later removed from the flight to allow it proceed to its destination, without the Governor.
Spokesperson for DSS, Marilyn Ogar, claimed to be unaware of the incident that took place.
However, on being notified of the happening, Justice Buba, who ruled on the April Third Judgement, ordered for a public apology by the DSS to the Governor and pay N50m in damages, while he dismissed allegations by DSS that Sanusi was conducting illegal terrorism moves.