Today, the outcome of the fundamental human rights lawsuit filed by Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, against the Department of State Services (DSS), regarding his arrest and detention will be revealed.
To recap, on June 10, shortly after President Bola Tinubu suspended Emefiele from his position and ordered an investigation into the CBN, the DSS arrested him. Emefiele, through his lawyer Joseph Daudu (SAN), filed a lawsuit at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja, claiming a violation of his human rights.
The suit names the Attorney General of the Federation, the Director General of the DSS, and the DSS itself as respondents. They have filed preliminary objections, disputing the court’s jurisdiction to handle the case and requesting its dismissal.
During the June 20 hearing, the DSS, represented by I. Awo, informed Justice Hamza Muazu that Emefiele’s detention was lawful, as the DSS had obtained an order from an FCT Chief Magistrates’ Court to keep him in custody until the investigation is concluded.
On the other hand, counsel for the AGF, Tijjani Ghazali (SAN), argued that Emefiele’s arrest and detention by the DSS was an administrative decision of the executive branch and urged the court not to intervene.
However, Emefiele’s lawyer, Daudu, disagreed, asserting that the lawsuit has valid grounds.
Justice Muazu adjourned the case until today to decide whether he has jurisdiction to hear the case and consider Emefiele’s requests.