JUST IN: Court Sets Ruling Date for Emefiele’s Suit Challenging His Detention by the DSS

The ruling in the case of the enforcement of a fundamental rights suit filed by Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been scheduled for July 13 by an FCT High Court.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the decision was made after hearing submissions from all parties involved.

During the proceedings, Joseph Daudu, SAN, the counsel representing Emefiele, argued that the court had jurisdiction to entertain the matter, countering the preliminary objection raised by the respondents against the originating summons on notice.

Daudu contended that the offences listed against Emefiele were state offences that fell under the purview of the FCT High Court.

Tijjani Ghazali, SAN, the counsel for the Attorney-General of the Federation, informed the court that the first respondent was challenging the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case brought by the applicant.

Ghazali stated that Emefiele’s arrest and detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) were administrative decisions made by an executive branch of the government.

Consequently, he urged the court to dismiss the application, asserting that the allegation of unlawful detention was unfounded since the embattled CBN governor was being held based on an order from an FCT Chief Magistrate Court.

On behalf of the second and third respondents, counsel I. Awo informed the court that an existing order existed to detain the applicant. Awo consequently urged the court to dismiss the application and impose costs on Emefiele.

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