The suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele is facing criminal charges, including misappropriation of funds, papers filed by government lawyers in court on Tuesday showed.
Emefiele was suspended by President Bola Tinubu earlier this month and detained by the nation’s secret police, the Department of State Security (DSS), who had not disclosed the charges he faced.
His lawyer asked the Abuja High Court to declare that the detention of Emefiele, who was not in court, breached his fundamental rights and that he should be released.
Emefiele has not been formally charged and he is yet to be released by the secret police.
Government lawyers said they secured an order from the lower magistrate court to hold Emefiele longer as investigations continue.
Court documents deposed by the Attorney General’s office and Department of State Security showed that Emefiele faced criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation of funds charges, among others, which carry long jail time if convicted.
The government lawyer opposed Emefiele’s application challenging his detention, arguing that only a federal court was competent enough to hear the case.
Hamza Muazu of the Abuja High Court said he will rule on July 13 on whether the court has jurisdiction over the matter.