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Court Invalidates Arrest and Detention of Suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

High Court in Abuja has declared the arrest and detention of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

In a significant development, the High Court in Abuja has declared the arrest and detention of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), invalid. The ruling was made by Judge Bello Kawu after Emefiele filed an application seeking relief.

Emefiele’s suspension was announced on June 9, with instructions for him to transfer his responsibilities to Deputy Governor Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi. The Department of State Services (DSS) subsequently confirmed that Emefiele was in their custody for investigative purposes, claiming to have obtained a valid court order to detain him.

Despite the DSS’s insistence on holding Emefiele, he has remained in their custody. However, on Thursday, the DSS revealed that they had formally charged Emefiele in court, following a ruling from the FCT High Court.

The court’s decision to invalidate Emefiele’s arrest and detention adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing situation, raising questions about the legal basis for his confinement and the actions taken by the DSS. As the case progresses, further developments are awaited, shedding light on the future of Emefiele’s situation and the implications for the CBN.

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