Court stops DSS from arresting CBN Gov Emefiele

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A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice M.A Hassan has restrained the Department of State Services (DSS) from arresting the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, who was alleged of being linked with terrorist activities.

While delivering judgment on Thursday, the court ruled that the DSS did not provide any material fact of terrorism.

According to the Judge, “The continuous harassment, threat, intimidation, restriction of free movement and abuse of the rights of CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, over trumped-up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices, etc., by the 4th Respondent and their officers are vindictive, unwarranted, abrasive, oppressive and same constitute a flagrant breach of his rights to personal liberty, dignity of human person, right to policy making powers freedom of thought, conscience and religion and movement as respectively provided and enshrined under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and, therefore, unconstitutional and illegal”.

The judge also ruled “that the 4th respondent acted wrongfully and illegally in instigating the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Emefiele in respect of the exercise of his statutory duty relating to the issuance of monetary policies and directives in the interest of national security and economy”.

The court, however, restrained the DSS from further arresting, intimidating, inviting, harassing, instigating, interrogating, or detaining Emefiele.

The order was also extended to the Inspector General of Police, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).