Former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili, has slammed the Department of State Security over the charges levelled against the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwwin Emefiele, just as the DSS re-arrested the suspended CBN governor at the federal high court, Ikoyi after he was granted bail.
On Tuesday morning, July 25, the DSS dragged Emefiele before the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos state on a two-count charge of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.
Expressing dismay at the charges filed against Emefiele, Ezekwesili wrote ‘’So, after all the monetary policy damage his boss @MBuhari and the former @cenbank committed against the Nigerian economy and people, it is for “illegal possession of firearms” that State Security charged him to court? Nonsense.”
NewsCritic reports that the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State has granted bail to Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in the sum of N20 million.
In a ruling on Tuesday, Nicholas Oweibo, the presiding judge, said the charges against Emefiele were bailable. The bail was granted with one surety.
Earlier the court rejected the government’s claim that it had not received a copy of the bail application filed by Emefiele in his alleged gun possession trial.
Justice Oweibo had held that there was evidence that the government was served.
The bail application was filed by Emefiele’s lawyers led by Joseph Dauda, SAN.
Dauda had prayed the court to hear the banker’s application seeking bail on self-recognition, noting that his client had fulfilled all the conditions necessary to make the application ripe. He noted further that the proof of service endorsed by the AGF’s office was in the court’s file. The suspended governor pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge filed against him in court by the Department of State Services (DSS).
However the DSS later re-arrested Emefiele at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
The DSS seized Emefiele after its operatives physically fought off the operatives of the Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS, who attempted to take Emefiele away in compliance with the order of Justice Nicholas Oweibo.