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Nigeria court rewards damages to top banker

April 3, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Federal High Court has ordered Nigeria’s government to pay damages of about $300,000 to the ex-Central Bank governor who was suspended after revealing an estimated $20 billion in missing oil revenues.

The court Thursday also ordered the government return Lamido Sanusi’s passport and restrained it from arresting him without due process.

Sanusi’s passport was seized by State Security agents who tried to detain him at the airport when he returned home hastily Feb. 20 after President Goodluck Jonathan announced his ouster.

Since then the government has accused Sanusi of financing Islamic extremists — a charge the court said appeared “an afterthought” with no evidence.

Thursday’s ruling only concerned the passport seizure. Sanusi is suing separately over his ouster.

The government has ordered an audit into the allegedly missing billions.

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