Justice Hamza Muazu of the High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has given the Department of State Services (DSS) a one-week ultimatum to either bring charges against or release Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Judge issued this order on Thursday while ruling on a fundamental human rights case filed by Emefiele against the DSS and others.
Justice Muazu acknowledged the constitutional authority of the DSS to make arrests, conduct detentions, and prevent internal crimes. However, he emphasized that these duties must be carried out within the boundaries of the law.
The Judge stated that the DSS’s power to arrest was not unlimited and must comply with the prescribed conditions for holding Nigerian citizens and the duration of such detentions.
Emefiele had filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General of the Federation, the Director General of the DSS, and the DSS itself, seeking the enforcement of his fundamental human rights to freedom of movement and the dignity of human life.
Through his legal representative, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Joseph Daudu, the suspended CBN Governor requested the nullification and dismissal of his arrest and detention since June 10, as they were carried out without a valid court order.
Emefiele also demanded N5 million in exemplary damages as compensation for his alleged unlawful detention.