A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Friday fixed March 21 to hear a case filed by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Sanusi Lamido, seeking the enforcement of his Fundamental Right.
In the suit filed through one of his counsels, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, the suspended CBN governor is seeking an order that will restrain the police and officers of the State Security Service (SSS) from arresting, detaining or otherwise harassing him.
Joined as respondents in the suit are; the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Inspector General of Police (IGP), and the SSS.
At the hearing of the case on Friday, the lawyers representing the respondents made their applications for adjournment.
Calls For Adjournment
Counsel to the AGF, Dr Oscar Nliam, holding the brief of Mr Mike Ozekhome, informed the court that his office had just been briefed of the matter.
He told the court that they were yet to receive all the processes filed by the applicant and called for a short adjournment to enable him collate all processes.
Counsel representing the IGP, Mr Chukwu Agwu, on his part, informed the court that he was only notified last night by his boss from the force headquarters that the suit would be coming up in court.
He said that the second respondent was yet to receive the processes, and also requested that the court should adjourn the case to enable him look at the processes when they arrive.
The counsel representing the SSS, Mr Ahmed Musa, also requested for an adjournment, saying that it will be to their favour especially as parties are still within time of filing.
Counsel representing Mr Lamido Sanusi in court, Mr Kola Awodehin, did not object to the prayers for adjournment, but noted that the suit bordered on Fundamental Rights Enforcement, and ought to be dealt with expeditiously.
Justice Buba however, in a short ruling, adjourned the case to March 21 for hearing.
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 suspended CBN governor 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 and had fixed Friday, February 28, for hearing of the motion.