A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to release the suspended CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, saying his arrest detention and interrogation is illegal.
This comes barely 24 hours after similar judgement were delivered by another court.
In a judgment upon an Originating Motion on Notice brought before the Court by Mr Emefiele against Incorporated Trustees of Forum for Accountability and Good Leadership, the Attorney General of the Federation, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Inspector General of Police, State Security Service and the Central Bank of Nigeria, the presiding Judge held that the arrest, detention, and interrogation violating the subsisting judgment and orders of Justice M. A. Hassan in Suit No. FCT/HC/GAR/CV/41/2022.
Emefiele, through his Counsel, Peter Abang, had asked the court to set aside, quash, invalidate and nullify the arrest and detention of the Applicant for being illegal and a nullity because of the subsisting judgment of Justice M. A. Hassan delivered on December 29, 2022.
Justice Kawu also made an order setting aside, voiding, quashing, invalidating and nullifying any warrant of arrest obtained or procured by the respondents, especially the DSS, for the arrest, detention and/or interrogation of Mr Emefiele in connection with the allegations of terrorism financing, fraudulent practices, money laundering, round-tripping, a threat to national security before or from any court since the date of the judgment of Justice M. A. Hassan.
The court also ordered Emefiele’s release from DSS custody.
In his reaction to the latest judgment, Counsel to Mr Emefiele told journalists that beyond the release of his client, Nigerians must celebrate the fact that Nigerian judges, despite several acts of intimidation by security agencies and some unfavourable conditions under which they work, are bold to dispense justice not minding whose ox is gored.
He called on the DSS to immediately comply with the court’s orders and release his client so that he can go and look after his failing health aggravated by over one month of illegal and unlawful arrest and detention.