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DSS Responds To Court Order On Emefiele’s Detention.



The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has charged Godwin Emiefele, suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, to court.

The secret police said this in response to a high Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) order that said Emefiele should be released within seven days or charged to court immediately.


Release Emefiele From Detention, or charge him to court.

Ruling in a fundamental human rights suit filed by Emefiele, Justice Hamza Muazu held that detention, no matter how short, is a breach of fundamental rights.

Responding, Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, said, “Sequel to an Abuja High Court Order of today, 13th July 2023, the Department of State Services (DSS) at this moment confirms that Mr Godwin Emefiele has been charged to court in compliance with the Order.

“The public may recall that the Service had, in 2022, applied for a Court Order to detain him regarding a criminal investigation. Though he obtained a restraining order from an FCT High Court, the Service arrested him in June 2023 on the strength of suspected fresh criminal infractions/information, one of which forms the basis for his current prosecution.

“The Service assures the public of professionalism, justice and fairness in handling this matter and indeed the discharge of its duties within the confines of the law.”

President Bola Tinubu had suspended Emefiele and ordered a probe of the apex bank under his watch. The secret police had reportedly trailed him to Lagos, where he was arrested and flown to Abuja.


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