Chief Judge Declines DSS’ Application To Arrest CBN Governor

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tosho has declined an exparte application allegedly filed by the Department of State Services, DSS to arrest Governor Godwin Emefiele of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN over allegations of terrorism financing.

Coordinator of the CUPP, Tochukwu Ohazurike who led a coalition of civil society organisations to protest the alleged plot to arrest Governor Emefiele at a press conference in Abuja on Monday disclosed that the application by the DSS for the arrest of Emefiele was rejected by the Chief Judge who observed it to be irregular. had earlier reported that the DSS had filed an application with case number FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 to the purpose of arresting Mr Emefiele.

Reading out the ruling of the Chief Judge on the application, Ohazurike quoted him as saying:

“It is noted that it has been the practice of the applicant to seek the detention of a respondent from under detention for a definite time period when such a respondent is already arrested and is in their custody and that fact is clearly disclosed in the supporting affidavit. That is not the situation here.

“Godwin Emefiele, the governor of CBN was shown on television last night having audience with the President of Nigeria. It is therefore seen that the applicant wants to use this order for an irregular procedure which is unacceptable,” the judge affirmed in declining the order to arrest Governor Emefiele of the CBN.

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