An Abuja High Court issued a ruling yesterday instructing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to release the embattled former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, without conditions.
The respondents in this case include the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Chairman of the EFCC, and the EFCC itself.
It is worth recalling that Emefiele was initially released by the Department for State Service (DSS) after several court orders for his release but was subsequently re-arrested by the EFCC.
The trial judge, Justice O. Adeniyi, made this decision while addressing an ex parte application presented by A. Labi-Lawal, who serves as Emefiele’s counsel. The court order mandates the Attorney General of the Federation and the Chairman of the EFCC to unconditionally release Emefiele from detention without delay. Alternatively, they are instructed to produce him in court on a date set for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice, with the purpose of considering his bail application.
Additionally, the court scheduled the hearing for the motion on notice for November 6, 2023, at 1 p.m. The order, along with the motion on notice, is to be served on the respondents as well.
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