Judge grants former CBN Governor Emefiele unconditional release.

 ..scheduled a hearing for the substantive motion.

In a significant legal development that has garnered widespread attention, a judge has granted unconditional release to Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). This decision comes after a period of legal proceedings and discussions surrounding Emefiele’s detention, raising important questions about the rule of law and the intricacies of justice in Nigeria.

The former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, found himself at the center of controversy when he was arrested and detained on charges of financial misconduct and corruption. The arrest sent shockwaves throughout the country, as Emefiele was a prominent figure in Nigeria’s financial sector and had served as the CBN Governor for several years.

The allegations against him were related to his tenure as the head of the CBN and were centered around financial mismanagement, embezzlement, and abuse of power. These allegations were met with both support and skepticism from different sections of the public and political spectrum.

The High Court of Justice in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has ordered the unconditional and immediate release of the immediate-past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele filed a Motion ex parte demanding his release, and the court issued the order in response.

The court made the order after Emefiele filed a Motion Ex-parte, seeking his release from the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Motion.

Justice O.A. Adeniyi made the order after hearing the motion filed by Emefiele.

The applicant named 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 order includes the following key provisions: Immediate and Unconditional Release: 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.

On the hearing of the substantive motion, the court set the date for the hearing of the substantive motion on notice for Monday, November 6, 2023, at 1 p.m.

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