EFCC Fails To Produce Ex-CBN Gov, Emefiele In Court

At the court proceedings on Monday, the former CBN governor was absent.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) plays a pivotal role in investigating and prosecuting cases of financial crimes in Nigeria. In a recent and noteworthy development, the EFCC faced challenges in producing Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in court. The failure to bring a high-profile individual to court raises concerns about the legal and procedural complexities surrounding such cases.

The EFCC, established in 2003, is responsible for investigating and prosecuting financial crimes such as corruption, money laundering, and fraud in Nigeria. It plays a crucial role in the country’s efforts to combat financial crimes and improve governance.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, is a prominent figure in the Nigerian financial sector. He served as the head of the CBN, a position of great influence and responsibility. During his tenure, he oversaw key monetary policies and initiatives that impacted Nigeria’s financial stability and economic growth.

The EFCC’s interest in Mr. Emefiele is connected to an investigation involving alleged financial improprieties. The details of this investigation have not been disclosed publicly. Still, it is known that the EFCC’s inquiry pertains to financial activities that occurred during Mr. Emefiele’s tenure as CBN Governor .

The troubled former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, was not produced by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday as required by the Federal Capital Territory’s sitting High Court in Maitama.

On November 2, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi issued an order to the anti-graft agency, directing them to either unconditionally release Emefiele or bring him before the court to be granted bail.

However, Emefiele’s attorney, Mr. Mathew Burkaa, informed the court at the matter’s reopened procedure that the EFCC had disregarded the directive.

“My lord they have flouted both orders as today marks the 149th day of the Applicant being in custody.

“The applicant is still in custody of the 3rd and 4th respondents, up until this moment that we speak,” Emefiele’s lawyer added.

On his part, the lawyer who represented the EFCC, Mr. Farouk Abdullahi, while confirming that the order was served on the Commission, said it was not true that Emefiele has been in the custody of the agency for over 100 days.

“My lord, I do confirm that we received the order. It is, however, not correct that the applicant has been in custody of the third and fourth respondents for over 100 days.

“He has only been in custody of 3rd and 4th for only 7 days

“We have the processes, and we intend to react to them to set the record straight.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to do so because the processes received by the 3rd and 4th respondents were incomplete.

“We are not insinuating that it was deliberate, it may be inadvertent on the part of counsel for the Applicant.

“Certain exhibits they referred to, particularly exhibit E, were not attached.”

Queried by the judge if the absence of the exhibit was sufficient reason for EFCC to disobey the order of the court, Farouk, said they misunderstood the order.

“My lord, we thought that the order was that we either release him unconditionally or bring him to the court so that his bail application will be heard.

“My lord, the 3rd Respondent is a law-abiding establishment that will never take orders of this court for granted,” the EFCC lawyer pleaded.

Meanwhile, before he adjourned the matter till November 8, Justice Adeniyi reinstated the orders of the court.

He ordered the EFCC to either release Emefiele unconditionally or in the alternative, produce him in court on the next adjourned date to be admitted to bail.

Emefiele, who has been in detention since June 9, approached the court to enforce his fundamental human rights.

Aside from seeking his immediate release from EFCC custody, he is praying the court to award him damages to the tune of N5 million.

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