Indications emerged weekend that the Federal Government might not stop at its suspension of Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), following feelers from the presidency that the embattled Kano Prince may soon be arraigned for ‘misconduct’.
The plot to arraign Sanusi is however, without prejudice to the order granted by the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday, barring the Federal Government, State Security Service and Nigeria Police from arresting the suspended CBN governor.
The findings of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) on the Sanusi-led CBN, which President Goodluck Jonathan used as a basis for his ouster, indicted him of financial recklessness including commitment of N168 billion of public funds to the execution of intervention projects across the country.
It was also learnt that the mounting opposition against Sanusi includes some governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who view his utterances as pro-opposition in nature.
Already, the suspended CBN governor has been reportedly placed under surveillance by security agencies.
It was gathered that some presidency hawks had a secret session in Abuja at the weekend where it was agreed that Sanusi must not be allowed to go scot-free.
They said that findings of the FRCN against Sanusi should be put before the court to determine whether he is guilty or not.
It was learnt that the moves to subject Sanusi to trial accounted for the desperate bid to set security agencies after him immediately he landed in the country last Thursday to effect his arrest and hound him into detention.
But Sanusi, however, was said to have stumbled on intelligence report on the plot to arrest him while making contacts in Niamey, Niger Republic where he had attended an official function.
It was based on the intelligence report in his possession that allegedly forced Sanusi to change his landing flight schedule from Abuja to Lagos.
A reliable source said that the anti-Sanusi forces are out to deal with him for ‘confronting’ the president on the $20billion oil revenue.
Said one source: “They were pissed off that Sanusi ignored the president’s advice that he should resign. They said Sanusi had tried to undermine the presidency.
“In fact, some PDP governors have joined the gang-up against Sanusi because they have assumed that Sanusi is speaking the voice of the opposition”.
Investigations by a correspondent of The Nation newspaper confirmed that the first part of the plot is to arrest and detain Sanusi to “break his spirit”.
“I think there was a leakage of the initial part of the scheme which made Sanusi to divert his flight to Lagos from Niamey instead of Abuja”, a source added.
Multiple sources also affirmed that security agencies are monitoring Sanusi’s movement.
“They have placed him under surveillance because of fears that he might relocate abroad. You know some foreign missions are interested in his travails because of the $20billion ‘missing’ oil cash”.