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BREAKING: Court orders EFCC to release Emefiele, gives deadline

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court has again ordered the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to either produce or release former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

The judge, Olukayode Adeniyi, gave the order after hearing an ex parte motion, which Emefiele filed as part of his broader fundamental rights enforcement suit.

EFCC failed to obey the order at the resumed sitting on Monday, November 6.

EFCC counsel, Farouk Abdullahai, told the court that the order issued by the court was not understood.

He added that the applicant could not attach some documents to its affidavit.

Emefiele’s counsel, Matthew Burkaa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had earlier told the court that his client had been in detention for 149 days.

However, Abdullahi, the counsel for EFCC, said the applicant had only been in EFCC custody for seven days.

After listening to their submissions, Adeniyi reiterated his earlier order for the release of the applicant or that the EFCC produced him on bail on Wednesday.

He further directed the applicant‘s counsel to attach the documents omitted supporting their affidavit and serve parties.

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