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Emefiele’s Detention Is An Affront To Rule Of Law.



Emefiele’s Detention Is An Affront To Rule Of Law.
Emefiele’s Detention Is An Affront To Rule Of Law.

A socio-political organization, Justice for All Group, has demanded the release of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, from detention, saying his continued detention was against the rule of law and breach of his human rights.

Mr Emefiele was suspended from office on June 9, 2023, by President Bola Tinubu. The Department of State Services (DSS) took him into custody for allegedly holding a single-barrel gun and cartridges without a licence.

“Emefiele’s arrest and detention is a clear affront to the rule of law and in breach of his fundamental human rights considering that there is a subsisting order of the court barring the Service from arresting or detaining Emefiele,” the group’s director of press, Francis Nyame, said in a statement on Monday.

The group said the DSS should not be seen as above the law, adding that so far, the secret service has disobeyed the country’s law by continuing to detain Mr Emefiele despite court orders.

Eminent lawyers and civil society organizations opine that Emefiele’s arrest and detention were illegal and nullity.

“So, we are demanding that he should be allowed to go home without further delay and drama,” Nyame said.

The DSS reportedly said it would arraign the former CBN governor in court this Tuesday.

Nyame said from the conduct of the DSS, it is evident that it had no justifiable reason to arrest Emefiele in the first place. He said the charge for illegally possessing firearms could be described as spurious and pathetic.

“It is an afterthought. Nobody can buy that for a penny. It’s disrespect to the intelligence community,” he added.

Justice for All Group noted that the DSS arrested Emefiele only to search for a reason to “justify the illegal arrest and detention of the former governor of the CBN,” stating that the DSS has no credible evidence of crime against Emefiele.

“Even if he was arrested for a crime, the law requires that he should be arraigned before a competent court of jurisdiction within hours, but the DSS has not done so.

“Given Emefiele’s persecution, these questions beg for answers: Has it become a crime to serve your fatherland? Why should a citizen be detained in perpetuity?” he further stated.

The group said the DSS was wasting taxpayers’ money to allegedly witch-hunt Emefiele, saying it was time for President Bola Tinubu to prove to the world that he was a true Democrat.

“He should grab the opportunity and make a profound statement. He should order the DSS to release Emefiele,” the group stated.

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