Emefiele: Why Ex-CBN Boss Can’t Be Rearrested as EFCC Moves to Appeal N100m Fine

Emefiele: Why Ex-CBN Boss Can’t Be Rearrested as EFCC Moves to Appeal N100m Fine

  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the federal government have been fined N100m by the FCT high court
  • The court declared the fine for violating the fundamental human rights of the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele
  • Similarly, the court barred the anti-graft agency and other security agencies from re-arresting the embattled financial expert

Legit.ng journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

FCT, Abuja - The High Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, has ruled that the extended detention of the former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, without a trial constitutes a clear violation of his fundamental rights.

The court has imposed a fine of N100 million on the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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The EFCC and other security agencies have been barred from arresting the ex-CBN boss
The EFCC said it would appeal the fine declared by the FCT High Court. Photo Credit: EFCC
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It has also prohibited them from re-arresting or detaining Emefiele again without a valid court order.

This judgment stems from a human rights lawsuit filed by the ex-CBN governor due to his prolonged detention by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Emefiele requested the court award him N1 billion in damages and restrain the respondents from future arrests or detentions.

The defendants in the case include the Federal Government, the Attorney General of the Federation, the EFCC, and its chairman, Ola Olukoyede.

The court verdict

As quoted by Punch, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, while delivering the verdict, said:

“...a sum of N100m only is hereby awarded in favour of the applicant against the first and fourth respondents jointly as damages for the unlawful violation of his fundamental right to his personal liberty."

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EFCC vows to appeal

In response to the verdict, the EFCC issued a statement on Monday, January 8, expressing their intention to appeal the judgment by seeking recourse in the Court of Appeal.

The EFCC said:

“The decision failed to take cognizance of the fact that the former CBN boss was held with a valid order of court.
"Consequently, the commission will approach the Court of Appeal to set it aside.”

EFCC invites Tinubu's minister Betta Edu over alleged fraud

In another report, EFCC has invited Betta Edu, the suspended minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation, to its headquarters over an alleged N585 million scandal.

The invitation came less than an hour after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced Edu’s suspension from his cabinet.

A source disclosed that the anti-graft agency’s chairman, Ola Olukoyede, had earlier recommended the suspension of the minister to Tinubu.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.