May 21, 2024

Suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has filed a plea before a Federal High Court in Lagos to halt the ongoing prosecution against him by the Federal Government, led by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Emefiele was charged on July 25th by the DSS for allegedly possessing an illegal firearm. Despite being granted bail and ordered to be held in prison custody, he was subsequently re-arrested by the DSS.

Through his legal representatives led by Mr. Joseph Daudu, SAN, Emefiele is seeking a court order to dismiss all charges laid against him by the DSS. He argues that these charges blatantly violate the existing court orders that granted him bail on July 25, 2023.

Emefiele is also requesting a court injunction that prevents the Federal Government from receiving any further legal benefits unless it adheres to the bail ruling. He is invoking the authority of Section 6(6)(a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), relevant sections of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, and the inherent powers of the court. He aims to suspend any ongoing proceedings related to his current charges until he has exhausted all available legal avenues to ensure that the government and the DSS comply with the court’s order regarding his bail terms or remand conditions.

In his application, Emefiele is seeking to employ the court’s jurisdiction to enforce its own orders and to prevent appearing as a powerless entity in the face of authority. He emphasizes that this action aims to uphold the court’s dignity, authority, and the rule of law within the democratic framework.

Meanwhile, the DSS has countered Emefiele’s claims, and the court is set to hear his fresh application today.

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