President Goodluck Jonathan may have had the last laugh, as a Federal High Court in Abuja, today, threw out a suit filed by Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi challenging his suspension as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. The President suspended the former CBN governore on February 20 this year.
The court ruled that it had no jurisdiction to entertain Sanusi’s suit even as it held that the matter is labour and employment –related.
The judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole therefore, ordered the case to be transferred to the National Industrial Court.
The judge also said that the plaintiff is at liberty to challenge his decision at the Court of Appeal, even as he said that he deliberately refrained from deciding the case on its merit so as not to make any prejudicial pronouncements before the matter gets to the Industrial Court.
The judge held that, in line with Sections 251(1) and 254(c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the proper court, where Sanusi ought to have instituted the suit, was the NIC.
Sanusi had through his counsel, Mr. Kola Awodein (SAN), sued Jonathan and the Attorney-General of the Federation and the police, asking the court to declare his suspension by the President null and void.
But the court upheld the objection of the President and the AGF to the suit, declaring that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit.