Federal Capital Territory High Court, on Thursday, ordered the unconditional and immediate release of the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
The presiding judge, Justice O.A. Adeniyi gave the order following an ex-parte motion filed by the embattled former CBN governor.
Emefiele, in the motion, had sought his release from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.
The judge, after hearing the motion, ordered Emefiele’s release.
Emefiele had listed the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, and the EFCC itself as the respondents.
The court ordered the 3rd and 4th respondents (the Executive Chairman and the EFCC) to unconditionally immediately release Emefiele from detention. 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 then fixed the date for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice for Monday, November 6, 2023.