CBN Governor's Detention Drama: Court Rejects DSS's Request to Extend Custody - Full Story Here!

A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has dismissed an application filed by the Department of State Services (DSS), seeking an order to extend the detention of Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The court cited an abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction in its decision.

The DSS had discreetly filed the request to extend Emefiele's detention, claiming to have obtained new evidence. However, the court's decision was based on the fact that the Magistrate Court has exclusive rights to grant detention orders under sections 293 and 296 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

Emefiele had been previously ordered to be remanded in a Correctional Centre in Lagos while awaiting the fulfilment of his bail conditions. However, the DSS re-arrested him from the court premises in Lagos, leading to the discreet request for an extension of his detention in Abuja.

The court's decision is a significant blow to the DSS's attempts to keep Emefiele in detention. The CBN Governor has faced a series of legal battles in recent times, including allegations of financial impropriety and corruption.

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