The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, who is currently suspended, has taken legal action against his detention by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Emefiele approached the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja to assert his right to liberty and freedom of movement, arguing that there was no valid reason for his continued detention.
However, the Attorney General of the Federation and the DSS maintain that the detention is lawful.
They have filed a preliminary objection stating that a magistrates’ court order authorized the detention and requested the court dismiss Emefiele’s motion and impose costs.
They argue that the DSS’s arrest of the former CBN governor was an administrative decision.
The Attorney General is also challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case, claiming that Emefiele’s motion should have sought to overturn the detention order rather than enforce his rights.
Additionally, the DSS is contesting Emefiele’s motion for bail. The court has adjourned the case until July 13, when a ruling will be made.
On June 10, President Bola Tinubu suspended Emefiele from his position as Governor of the Central Bank, citing an ongoing investigation into his office and planned reforms in the financial sector as the reason for the suspension.