Justice A.O. Adeniyi of the High Court at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to unconditionally release the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele from detention.
Ruling on the application, Justice Adeniji said, “The third and fourth respondents are hereby ordered to unconditionally release the applicant from detention forthwith or in the alternative produce him in court on the date fixed for hearing of the substantive motion on notice for purposes of being admitted to bail by the court.”
“It is hereby further ordered that the motion on notice shall be heard on November 11, 2023. The instant order together with the Motion on Notice shall be served on the respondents on Thursday, November 2, 2023.”
The order followed a motion ex parte filed on October 31, with an accompanying affidavit by Dr. Okanta Emefiele, praying the court for an order directing immediate and unconditional release of the embattled former CBN chief.
Recall that the EFCC arrested Emefiele on the 27th of October immediately after he was released from the custody of the Department of State Services, where he had been kept since 10th of June, shortly after President Bola Tinubu ordered his suspension.