A recent development from an Abuja High Court has commanded the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately release the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, without any conditions attached. The respondents in this legal case include the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Chairman of the EFCC, and the EFCC itself.
It’s worth noting that Mr. Emefiele had previously been released by the Department for State Service (DSS) following multiple court orders for his release. However, he was subsequently re-arrested by the EFCC, leading to this latest legal action.
The decision came from Justice O. Adeniyi, who presided over the case. The ruling was based on an ex parte application presented by A. Labi-Lawal, who is representing Mr. Emefiele as his counsel. In the court’s ruling, it was stated: “It is, hereby, ordered: Accordingly, the 3rd (Attorney General of the Federation) and 4th (EFCC Chairman) respondents are, herewith, ordered to unconditionally release the applicant (Emefiele) from detention forthwith or, in the alternative, produce him in court on a date fixed for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice for the purpose of being admitted to bail by the court.”
Furthermore, the court has scheduled the hearing of the substantive motion on notice for November 6, 2023, at 1 p.m. This order, along with the motion on notice, is to be served on the respondents involved in the case. This legal development marks an important step in the ongoing proceedings involving Mr. Emefiele’s detention and potential release.