Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on Tuesday, has taken legal action against his detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) and has approached the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja for relief.
Emefiele, in his originating motion on notice, is fervently praying for the court to enforce his fundamental rights to liberty and freedom of movement, asserting that there is no justifiable basis for his continued detention.
The Attorney General of the Federation and the DSS, however, maintain that the detention of the suspended CBN Governor is lawful and warranted. In response to Emefiele’s fundamental rights enforcement suit, they have filed a preliminary objection, arguing that his detention was authorized by an order from a magistrates’ court. They are further urging the court to dismiss the motion and award costs against Emefiele.
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Both the AGF and the DSS emphasize that the arrest of the former CBN governor was an administrative decision within the purview of the DSS. The AGF is also challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit, stating that Emefiele’s originating motion should have sought to set aside the order for his detention rather than seeking the enforcement of his rights. Additionally, the DSS is contesting Mr. Emefiele’s motion for bail.