June 15, 2024

Another Court Orders Immediate Release Of Emefiele, Voids Arrest

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By Simeon OSAJIE

Another High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the immediate release of the detained former Governor Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and voided his arrest by the Department of State Services.

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The presiding judge, Justice Bello Kawu while delivering Judgement held that the arrest, detention and interrogation of Godwin Emefiele, is in violation of the subsisting judgment and orders of Justice M. A. Hassan.

Emefiele through his Counsel, Peter Abang, had asked the court to set aside and nullify the arrest and detention of the Applicant for being illegal and a nullity in view of the subsisting judgment by another court delivered on 29th December, 2022.

Justice Kawu also made an order setting aside any warrant of arrest obtained or procured by the Respondents, especially the DSS for the arrest of Emefiele in connection with the allegations of terrorism financing, fraudulent practices, money laundering, and threat to national security before any court.

The court further granted an injunction restraining the respondents, particularly the DSS from arresting, detaining, or interfering with Emefiele’s personal liberty and freedom of movement.

The court finally granted an order of injunction directing and mandating the Respondents, particularly the DSS to forthwith release and Emefiele from any arrest or detention.

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