Court hears Emefiele application to stop prosecution, Thursday

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, will Thursday, hear the fresh application by suspended governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, seeking to stop the Federal Government from prosecuting him.

Emefiele was on July 25, arraigned by Department of State Services, DSS, on a two count charge of alleged illegal possession of a firearm.

He was arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, who granted him bail in the sum of N20million and a surety in like sum.

Justice Oweibo also ordered that Emefiele be remanded in prison custody until he perfects his bail.

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But DSS rearrested him in court, after a fight between Prison officials and DSS operatives.

Recall also that effort by DSS to secure an Abuja High Court order to continue to detain Emefiele was fruitless, though the service claimed it secured another magistrate court order to continue to hold on to Emefiele.

Also recall that three seperate High Courts had called for the release of Emefiele on bail or his arraignment in court, while one of the courts ordered his immediate release, holding that his arrest and detention were in violation of earlier order of court.

Emefiele in the fresh application by his lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu, SAN, is seeking to preserve and protect “the efficacy, majesty and integrity of the court as well as the rule of law in a democracy.”

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