A High Court sitting in Abuja has voided the arrest and detention of the Suspended Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, by the Department of State Services.


Delivering Judgement today, Justice Bello Kawu held that the arrest, detention and interrogation of Emefiele, is in violation of the subsisting judgment and orders of Justice M. A. Hassan, thereby setting aside any warrant of arrest obtained or procured by the DSS to arrest Emefiele in connection with allegations of terrorism financing, fraudulent practices, money laundering, threat to national security before any court.


The court further granted an injunction restraining the respondents, particularly the DSS from arresting, detaining, or interfering with Emefiele’s personal liberty and freedom of movement, directing and mandating the respondents, particularly the DSS to forthwith release and Emefiele from any arrest or detention.


Emefiele through his Counsel, Peter Abang, had asked the court to set aside and nullify his arrest and detention for being illegal and a nullity in view of the subsisting judgment by another court delivered on 29th December, 2022.

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