Federal High Court Rejects DSS Application to Extend Emefiele’s Detention.
A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has dismissed a discreet application filed by the Department of State Services (DSS) seeking an extension of the detention of Godwin Emefiele, the embattled Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
According to reliable sources, the DSS’s legal team submitted the application on Wednesday, claiming to have obtained new evidence. However, Justice Hamza Muazu, presiding over the case, cited an abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction as grounds for dismissing the request.
The DSS had taken Emefiele back into custody on the court premises in Lagos, following an earlier order by the court to remand him in a Correctional Centre until his bail conditions were fulfilled.
Victor Ejelonu, the counsel representing the DSS, decided to withdraw the application after the judge raised concerns about the court’s jurisdiction. This came as it was pointed out that the exclusive authority to grant detention orders lies with the Magistrate Court under sections 293 and 296 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
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This ruling signifies a significant setback for the DSS’s attempts to keep Emefiele in custody and adds a new chapter to the ongoing legal battle involving the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Further developments are expected as the situation unfolds.