A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja has ordered the unconditional and immediate release of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele.
The court issued the ruling after Emefiele filed a Motion Ex-parte seeking his release from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) awaiting the hearing and resolution of the Originating Motion.
Justice O.A. Adeniyi issued the order after hearing Emefiele’s motion.
Respondents identified by the petitioner include the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, and the EFCC itself.
The court order contains the following major provisions: The court ordered the 3rd and 4th Respondents (the Executive Chairman and the EFCC) to unconditionally release Emefiele from detention immediately.
Alternatively, the court ordered the defendants to produce him in court on the day set for the hearing of the substantive Motion on Notice, with the possibility of being admitted to bail by the Court.
During the hearing of the Substantive Motion, the court set the date for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice for Monday, November 6, 2023, at 1pm.