An Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama, on Wednesday, granted bail to the detained Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
In a ruling read by Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, the court mandated that he should be released to his attorneys.
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“Detention without trial must end,” the judge declared, emphasising that the decision was reached as a result of the Economic and Financial and Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) defiance of a November 2 court order.
Additionally, the court decided that Emefiele could not be kept in detention due to the Federal Government’s claim that he would be charged with a new offence on November 15.
It held that the claim was speculative as there was nothing to establish that the planned arraignment would hold as scheduled.
More so, the court noted that a purported remand order that FG’s lawyer tendered before it, which was signed by an Abuja Chief Magistrate, bore conflicting dates.
“A very crucial fact that this court cannot overlook is the Applicant’s claim that he has been incarcerated for a period of upward of 151 days without trial,” Justice Adeniyi added.
According to him, even in cases where an applicant is the subject of a remand order, the court is authorised to issue appropriate orders under section 298(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
It held that the lawyers should produce him in court on November 15 for his planned arraignment or at any other date that he is required to appear in court.
Justice Adeniyi directed Emefiele to surrender all his international documents to the most senior Registrar of the court, pending his arraignment.