Court Barrs DSS from Arresting Emefiele over Terrorism Financing Allegation

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A Federal Capital Territory, Abuja High Court sitting in Abuja has

barred the Department of Security Services (DSS) from arrest or detention of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele over trumped up charges of terrorism financing and economic crimes.

Delivering judgement, Thursday, on the suit seeking an order of

perpetual injunction restraining the respondents and all officers under

their control and from instigating the arrest of Emefiele, Justice M.A.

Hassan barred the DSS from inviting, arresting, detaining or charging

the CBN Governor with any allegation of terrorism or fraudulent act.

The Justice described the plot to arrest Emefiele of terrorism as

oppressive, baseless, fabricated and unacceptable.

He ruled that any form of invitation to Mr. Godwin Emefiele in the

exercise of his statutory powers, functions and duties and continuous

threats by the 4th Respondents to surrender his powers to them

constitute a flagrant breach of his rights to personal liberty, dignity

of human person, right to policy making powers freedom of thought,

conscience and religion and movement as respectively provided and

enshrined under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,

1999 (as Amended) and the  African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act AND, therefore, unconstitutional and illegal.

He said, “plan to arrest Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria over trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices, etc by the 4th Respondent and their officers Is vindictive, unwarranted, abrasive, oppressive and same constitute a flagrant breach of his rights to personal liberty, dignity of human

person. right to policy making powers freedom of = thought. conscience and –religion and movement as respectively provided and enshrined under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 1999 (as Amended) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and, therefore, unconstitutional and illegal.

“That the 4th Respondent acted wrongfully and illegally in instigating

the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Mr. Godwin

Emefiele in respect of the exercise of his statutory duty ‘relating to

the issuance of monetary policies and directives in the interest of

National security and economy. It is further ordered that the 4″

Respondent, their agents, servants, privies and all officers under their

control and command are hereby restrained from instigating the arrest or arresting, interrogating and detaining Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank Governor in respect of any matter or policy decision on the economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or for any connected purposes except by an order of a Superior Court.

‘That the 4th Respondent, whether by themselves. their officers, agents. servants, privies or acting through any person or persons howsoever are hereby restrained from further harassing, humiliating. embarrassing, threatening to incarcerate or detain Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria over trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices, etc as well as threats against the peaceable execution of his statutory powers.

“That the 4th Respondent whether by themselves. their officers, agents, servants. privies or acting through any person or persons howsoever are hereby restrained from _ inviting. arresting and/or detaining the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. Mr. Godwin Emefiele in the guise of having committed any offense. with respect to allegations of terrorism financing. fraudulent activities. etc or in any other manner whatsoever interfering with his right.”

 

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