Court Stops DSS From Arresting, Intimidating Emefiele, CBN Governor

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*Says Action Vindictive, Oppressive 

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Gark and presided by Justice M A Hassan on Thursday declared that the continuous harassment, intimidation, restrictions, threats and breach of fundamental rights of

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria over trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices, etc by the Department of State Services and their officers “is vindictive, unwarranted, abrasive, oppressive and same constitute a flagrant breach of his rights to personal liberty, the dignity of the human person, right to policy-making powers freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and movement as respectively provided and enshrined under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) and the = African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and, therefore, unconstitutional and illegal.

The court also held that “Any form of an invitation to Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria in the exercise of his statutory powers, functions and duties and continuous threats by the 4th Respondent to surrender his powers to them over trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices, etc constitute a flagrant breach of his

human person, right to policy-making powers freedom of thought, conscience and religion and movement as respectively provided and enshrined under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act AND, therefore, unconstitutional and illegal.

It was also ordered “That the 4th Respondent (DSS) acted wrongfully and illegally in instigating the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Mr. Godwin Emefiele in respect of the exercise of his statutory duty ‘relating to the issuance of monetary policies and directives in the interest of National security and economy.

“It is further ordered that the 4th Respondent, their agents, servants, privies and all officers under their control and command are hereby restrained from instigating the arrest or arresting, interrogating and detaining Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank Governor in respect of any matter or policy decision on the economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or for any connected purposes except by an order of a Superior Court.

“That the 4th Respondent, whether by themselves, their officers, agents, servants, privies or acting through any person or persons howsoever are hereby restrained from further harassing, humiliating, embarrassing, threatening to incarcerate or detain Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria over trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices, etc as well as threats against the peaceable execution of his statutory powers.

“That the DSS, whether by themselves, their officers, agents, servants, privies or acting through any person or persons howsoever are hereby restrained from inviting, arresting and/or detaining the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele in the guise of having committed any offence, with respect to allegations of terrorism financing, fraudulent activities, etc or in any other manner whatsoever interfering with his right…

The order was made from a motion in a suit Gar/CV/41/2022, by INCORPORATED TRUSTEES OF FORUM FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOOD LEADERSHIP against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Inspector General of Police, State Security Services and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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