A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has fixed a date for the arraignment of the suspended former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, News About Nigeria reports.
The court proceedings are slated to occur on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
Emefiele who was appointed CBN governor in 2014 by former president Muhammadu Buhari faced suspension by Buhari’s successor, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The DSS went ahead to arrest Emefiele and charged him in court over various crimes including money laundering, corruption, and possession of arms and ammunition.
A high court sitting in Abuja on Friday ordered the DSS to release Emefiele but the suspended apex bank boss is still in the den of the DSS.
At least sixty lawyers led by Maxwell Opara and Ahmed Tijani have now sued the DSS to court again over the refusal to release Emefiele.
Meanwhile, Emefiele himself has appealed for bail.
He is backed by nine grounds, one of which is that the accusations against him are bailable.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo will preside over Emefiele’s case on Tuesday.
How Emefiele Is Linked To IPOB – DSS
Recall that the Department of State Services (DSS) alleged in a cryptic tweet that the suspended governor of the Central Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may be connected to the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The DSS raised the question of whether Emefiele’s association with IPOB’s counsel suggests a link between the two.
“Charge and bail, overzealous uninformed IPOB/ESN lawyer Maxwell Okpara mobilises other like-minded lawyers against DGSS. Futile Efforts. Well, Nigerians, beware! This is in bad faith. Transferred aggression.
“A Biafran Republic agitator and Outlawed IPOB counsel defending the suspended CBN Governor. Is IPOB defending one of theirs???? What a contradiction…..hmmm…what’s the connection? Is someone telling us something? May Maxwell be properly educated on points of law, please”, the agency tweeted.