Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s suspended governor who is now in custody, will find out today if he will be successful in the basic human rights lawsuit he filed to contest the legitimacy of the Directorate of State Services’ actions in arresting and detaining him.
Remember that on June 10, the DSS detained the governor of the top bank immediately after President Bola Tinubu had removed him from his position and commissioned an investigation into the CBN.
Emefiele is accusing the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, of violating his human rights in the lawsuit he filed through his attorney, Joseph Daudu (SAN).
The Attorney General of the Federation, the Director General of the DSS, and the DSS have all been named as respondents in the lawsuit. In preliminary objections, they have questioned the court’s authority to hear their case and requested that it be dismissed.
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The DSS informed Justice Hamza Muazu at the June 20 sitting in the case that Emefiele’s detention was legal because the DSS had obtained an order from an FCT Chief Magistrates’Court to hold him in custody pending completion of the investigation.
AGF’s attorney, Tijjani Ghazali (SAN), urged the court not to get involved, saying that Emefiele’s arrest and incarceration by the DSS were administrative decisions made by the executive branch of government.
Emefiele’s attorney, Daudu, dissented from them and insisted that the case had validity. Judge Muazu postponed his decision on whether or not he has the authority to hear the case and take into account Emefiele’s pleas until today.