Posted date: April 04, 2014
The Department of State Security Service, SSS has defended its decision to seize the passport of suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, adding that it will go ahead to appeal Thursday judgement by a federal high court in Lagos which ordered the Service to release the seized travel document as well as pay Sanusi N5o million exemplary damages.
The SSS in a release today said “Following the ruling by Honorable Justice Ibrahim BUBA of the Federal High Court Lagos on the application for the enforcement of fundamental rights by the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido SANUSI, the Department of State Services (DSS) expresses its disappointment and dissatisfaction with the judgement.
“It is therefore necessary to state that in impounding the passport of Mallam Sanusi LAMIDO, the Service acted in accordance with the law. For the avoidance of doubt, section 3(2) (b) of Instrument SSS No. 1 of 1999 made pursuant to section 6 of the National Security Agencies (NSA) Act, provides as follows:
“The State Security Service is hereby empowered to impound and keep in its custody the passports or any other property of persons or organizations under investigation if considered appropriate by the Director General. Returns of all such seizures shall be rendered to the National Security Adviser, while such passports shall be returned to the Owners as soon as the investigation is concluded”.
“Consequently, the Service has taken immediate steps to appeal this rather erroneous judgement. Notwithstanding, this Service holds and continues to hold the judiciary in high esteem as critical partners in nurturing our democracy and nation building.”