A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja on Thursday gave the Department of States Services, DSS, seven day ultimatum to charge the suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to court or release him from detention.
It could be recalled that the embattled governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria had sued the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Department of State Services, DSS for arresting and detaining him in a commando style, alleging the agencies were carrying out a political witch-hunt against him due to his “people-oriented financial policies which several political actors are not comfortable with and are now looking for any means to scandalize and smear his image and reputation.”
Emefiele sought for his release from the DSS facility through his fundamental rights application filed on his behalf by his lead counsel, J.B. Daudu SAN.
He urged the court to make a declaration that the arrest of suspended CBN governor without any charge against him or any order of court for his arrest constitutes violation of his fundamental rights.
He equally prayed for a declaration that the applicant is entitled to his liberty and freedom of movement as well as an order directing the immediate and unconditional release of Emefiele or in the alternative, grant him bail.