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A Federal High Court Has Ordered EFCC To Produce or Release Emefiele By Tomorrow

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: ABBA BASHIR; IFEOMA NWOVU

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to either produce or release the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, on Wednesday, this week.

The trial judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, issued the order after hearing an ex parte motion, which Emefiele filed as part of his fundamental rights enforcement suit.

At the resumed hearing, Counsel for the EFCC, Farouk Abdullahai, failed to obey the order of the court made on the 2nd of this month to produce Emefiele on the grounds that the order was not understood.

He added that the applicant had only been in EFCC custody for seven days.

Emefiele ‘s counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Matthew Burkaa, had earlier told the court that his client had been in detention for 149 days.

After listening to their submissions, Mr Adeniyi reiterated his order for the release of the applicant or that the EFCC produced him on bail.

He further adjourned the matter until Wednesday, this week.

Emefiele, through his legal team, sued the federal government, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the EFCC and its chairperson, Ola Olukoyede, as respondents in the suit.

Emefiele was first detained by the Department of State Services, DSS, on the 10th of June, this year, the day after he was removed as CBN governor, and was later transferred to the EFCC in October.

In July, this year, the agency arraigned him on two counts of illegal possession of firearms and live ammunition at the Federal High Court in Lagos state.

 

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