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New Emir of Kano Sanusi May Withdraw Lawsuit Against President Jonathan



Sources close to the former governor of the Central Bank and the new Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said he might ask his lawyers to discontinue the lawsuit against President Goodluck Jonathan, Premium Times reports.
The National Industrial Court has fixed July 4 for the hearing in the suit that challenges Sanusi’s suspension by the president over alleged financial wrongdoing.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Friday, June 13, Sanusi’s lawyer Kola Awodein (SAN) sought adjournment to enable him consult his client. Awodein said that as in the period between the last adjourned date and today Sanusi was appointed Emir of Kano, his lawyers needed to consult him on what should become of the matter.
According to the sources close to the new emir, he would most likely ask his lawyers to discontinue the lawsuit as the matter has been overtaken by events.
Jonathan’s lawyer Mike Ozekhome (SAN) did not object to Awodein’s application as Sanusi’s lawyer had informed him before the court proceedings commenced that he would ask for time to enable him to consult his client.
Justice Babatunde Adejumo adjourned the matter till July 4 to allow parties reach a resolution.
“I will strongly commend, by virtue of the provision of this court’s establishment Act, that parties seek amicable way of resolving this dispute,” Justice Adejumo said.
“In industrial and employment relations the court is not concerned about the consequence of its pronouncement on parties alone, but on the entire society. “In consulting with their clients, counsel should know what to say to contribute to the effort to ensure amicable settlement.” the judge added.
It will be recalled that Sanusi was appointed emir on Sunday, June 8, but moved into his palace only today, June 13, after the police removed a presidency-ordered siege on the complex.
According to Premium Times, in order to get access to the palace, Sanusi personally spoke to the Jonathan and apologising for whatever “sin” he had committed.
It should be noted, however, that previously Sanusi was insisting that he did nothing wrong while managing the apex bank. He also claimed that he was removed for revealing gross corruption in Nigeria’s oil sector.

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