Suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele has requested a Federal High Court in Lagos to cease the Federal Government, specifically the Department of State Services (DSS), from pursuing further legal action against him.
Emefiele, charged by the DSS on July 25 for alleged unlawful possession of a firearm, was granted bail and initially ordered to be held in prison. However, he was re-arrested by the DSS.
In a new plea presented before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, Emefiele, represented by his legal team led by Mr. Joseph Daudu, SAN, is seeking a court order to drop all charges against him brought by the DSS. He argues that this action directly violates the existing court orders granting him bail on July 25, 2023.
He further requests an injunction to prevent the Federal Government from receiving court leniency unless it adheres to the bail ruling. Citing Section 6(6)(a) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), relevant segments of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, and the court’s inherent powers, Emefiele aims to halt ongoing proceedings in the current case until he exhausts all legal options to compel the government and DSS to comply with the bail order, whether it’s granting him bail or detaining him until he fulfills his bail conditions.
In this application, he seeks to utilize the court’s authority to enforce its orders, avoiding a perception of ineffectiveness.
Emefiele emphasizes that his latest plea aims to safeguard the “authority, dignity, and integrity of the court, along with upholding the rule of law in our democratic system.”
Meanwhile, the DSS has contested his claims, and the court is scheduled to address the fresh application today.