Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s suspended governor who is now in custody, will know his fate today in relation to the basic human rights lawsuit he filed to contest the legitimacy of the Department of State Services’ detention of him.
As you may recall, on June 10, the DSS detained the governor of the top bank immediately after President Bola Tinubu had removed him from office and commissioned an investigation into the CBN.
The Attorney General of the Federation, the Director General of the DSS, and the DSS have all joined as respondents to the lawsuit and have each submitted preliminary objections asking the court’s jurisdiction to dismiss the matter.
In the case’s proceeding on June 20, the DSS informed Justice Hamza Muazu that Emefiele’s detention was legal since the DSS had obtained a directive from an FCT Chief Magistrates’Court to hold him in jail awaiting the completion of an investigation.
The AGF’s legal representative, Tijjani Ghazali (SAN), countered with the claim that Emefiele’s arrest and incarceration by the DSS were administrative decisions made by the executive branch of government and requested the court not to get involved.
However, Emefiele’s lawyer, Daudu, disagreed with them, insisting that the suit had merit
The hearing was adjourned till today so that Justice Muazu could decide whether or not he had the authority to hear the case and take into account Emefiele’s prayers.