FCT High Court Orders DSS to Charge Suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, or Release Him on Bail

In a recent development, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court has instructed the Department of State Services (DSS) to either press criminal charges against Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), or release him on bail. Learn more about the court’s decision and the ongoing legal proceedings.

Introduction: The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court has issued a significant order concerning the case of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Presiding judge Hamza Muazu has directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to bring forth criminal allegations against Emefiele and present him before a competent court. This article provides an overview of the court’s decision and the events surrounding Emefiele’s suspension.

Body: On June 10, following his suspension from office by President Bola Tinubu, Godwin Emefiele was apprehended by the Department of State Services (DSS). The president had also initiated a probe into the activities of the Central Bank of Nigeria, prompting Emefiele to take legal action, citing a violation of his human rights. Represented by his lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), Emefiele filed a lawsuit before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

During the court proceedings, Judge Hamza Muazu emphasized that if the DSS possesses any criminal allegations against Emefiele, he must be charged accordingly. Additionally, the judge ordered that if the former CBN governor is not presented before a competent court within one week, he should be released on bail. This decision aims to ensure that the legal process proceeds promptly and in accordance with due process.

In response to the lawsuit, Emefiele has named the Attorney General of the Federation, the Director General of the DSS, and the DSS itself as respondents. The lawsuit primarily focuses on the alleged infringement of Emefiele’s human rights and seeks appropriate legal remedies.

Conclusion: The recent order from the FCT high court has placed pressure on the Department of State Services (DSS) to either press criminal charges against Godwin Emefiele or release him on bail. As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the case will progress and whether additional developments will arise.

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