Battleline Drawn as Emefiele Appeals Court Summons, Challenges Judge

Battleline Drawn as Emefiele Appeals Court Summons, Challenges Judge

  • Godwin Emefiele is not backing down in the fight to prove his innocence in a $53 million debt suit
  • Emefiele has filed a suit at the Court of Appeal after he was ordered to appear for the case by the Federal High Court in Abuja
  • The CBN boss in his prayer to the appeal court argued that the Abuja court made an error by compelling him to appear for the trial

Abuja - Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has filed an appeal against the verdict of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which had ordered him to appear in a $53 million debt suit.

Emefiele in his appeal argued that Justice Inyang Ekwo erred in law when he made an order compelling his attendance in court, Punch reports.

CBN boss
Emefiele has taken the case to the Court of Appeal (Photo: @cenbank)
Source: Twitter

He told the appellate court that the appeals marked CA/A/476/2018 between CBN V Joe Agi (SAN), and two others and CA/A/23/2020 between CBN V Joe Agi (SAN) and two others which were appeals against the judgment sought to be enforced by the judgment summons had been entered before the Court of Appeal.

Emefiele observed that the proceedings to compel his appearance after appeals had been entered, placed the trial court in a position where it is exercising concurrent jurisdiction with the Court of Appeal over the same subject matter.

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He drew the attention of the appellate court to his application filed on January 27, 2020, challenging the jurisdiction of the court as well as the service of forms 13 and 15 on him for non-compliance with the mandatory provisions of section 56, part IV, of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act.

Emefiele submitted that on February 22, 2022, the appellants jointly filed an application seeking a setting aside of the issuance and service of forms 13 and 15 on him, on the basis that the same ought not to have been issued during the pendency of the two mentioned appeals and the pending motions on notice for a stay of execution dated March 26, 2018, and July 11, 2019, respectively.

The embattled CBN boss, therefore, called on the appellate court to grant his appeal and void the orders of the Federal High Court.

Intrigues, suspense as court gives fresh verdict on CBN governor’s case

On Wednesday, January 18, 2203, the Summon of the Governor of the Central Bank (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, by the Federal High Court Abuja over a $53 million judgment debt arising from the Paris Club refund, had been adjourned to March 20.

No reason was given for the adjournment by the court.

Court's fresh verdict

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal high court Abuja had Summoned him on October 20, last year following an application for garnishee made by a senior advocate of Nigeria, Joe Agi, the judgment creditor.


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