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Abuja Court Orders DSS to Charge Suspended CBN Governor, Emefiele, or Grant Bail

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The Abuja High Court has issued an order directing the Department of State Services (DSS) to bring criminal charges against the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele if there are any allegations against him.

The Judge, Hamza Muazu further ruled that Emefiele should be released on bail if he is not presented before a competent court within one week.

In delivering the judgment on Thursday, Muazu emphasized that the continuous detention of Emefiele without trial constitutes a severe violation of his fundamental human rights.

However, the judge also acknowledged that Emefiele failed to substantiate his claim that his arrest, detention, and investigation were illegal, as they were based on a valid court order.

Muazu stated, “Detention, regardless of its duration, can amount to a breach of fundamental rights. Although I empathize with the applicant (Emefiele), my sentiment alone cannot dictate the judgment by granting all the reliefs sought by the applicant.

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“The applicant has not proven that his arrest, detention, and investigation were unlawful. Nonetheless, I am concerned that the application holds merit. The applicant is entitled to fair hearing.”

The judge emphasized that the continued detention of Emefiele cannot be justified in the absence of any charges against him. Therefore, he ordered the respondents to either bring charges against the applicant in court or release him on administrative bail within one week.

On June 9, President Bola Tinubu suspended Emefiele and instructed him to transfer his duties to the deputy governor of the operations directorate, Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi. The following day, the secret police apprehended Emefiele, and he has since remained in their custody for “investigative reasons.”

Emefiele, through his lawyer Joseph Daudu, filed a lawsuit against the DSS and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) to enforce his fundamental human rights. Tijjani Ghazali, the lawyer representing the AGF, informed the court that the first respondent is challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the applicant’s case.

Ghazali argued that Emefiele’s arrest and detention by the DSS were administrative decisions made by an executive arm. The DSS also contested the court’s jurisdiction, citing an existing detention order from a chief magistrate court regarding Emefiele.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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