The Federal Capital Territory High Court has ordered the unconditional and immediate release of Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Justice O.A. Adeniyi issued the order in response to Emefiele’s ex-parte application.
The ex-CBN governor requested in the move that he be released from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) awaiting the hearing and conclusion of the originating motion.
The judge ordered Emefiele’s release after hearing the motion.
Respondents identified by Emefiele 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 ordered the 3rd and 4th respondents (the Executive Chairman and the EFCC) to unconditionally release Emefiele from detention forthwith. Alternatively, they are directed to produce him in court on the date fixed for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice, with the possibility of being admitted to bail by the court.
The court set the date for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice for Monday, November 6, 2023.