Abuja court orders unconditional release of Emefiele

An Abuja High Court in Maitama, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to unconditionally release former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

Recall that Emefiele, who was released by Department for State Service, DSS, after several court orders for his release, was re-arrested by the EFCC.

Respondents in the suit are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation, Chairman of EFCC and the EFCC.

Trial judge, Justice O. Adeniyi, in his ruling on an ex-parte application by counsel to Emefiele, A. Labi-Lawal,  said: “It is hereby ordered: Accordingly, the 3rd(AGF) and 4th(EFCC Chairman) respondents are hereby ordered to unconditionally release the applicant (Emefiele) from detention forthwith; or in the alternative produce him in court on a date fixed for hearing of the substantive motion on notice for purpose of being admitted to bail by the court.

“Accordingly, it is hereby further ordered that the motion on notice shall be heard on November 6, 2023, by 1p.m., prompt.

“The instant order, together with the motion on notice shall be served on the respondents today, 2/11/2023,” the court added.


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