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Judgment on Emefiele’s Fundamental Rights Suit Set for January 8

The High Court in Maitama, Abuja, has scheduled January 8, 2024, as the date for delivering judgment in the enforcement of fundamental rights suit filed by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, the trial judge, set the date after hearing arguments from lawyers representing the involved parties. The court also adjourned to the same date for ruling on preliminary objections filed by all four respondents in the suit marked: FCT/HC/CV/040/2023.

Emefiele’s suit against the federal government, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the commission revolves around alleged violations of his fundamental rights to life, personal liberty, fair hearing, and freedom of movement.

During the proceedings, Emefiele’s lawyer, Mr. Mathew Burkaa (SAN), highlighted that the applicant was unlawfully detained for 151 days, far exceeding the legal 48-hour limit. He urged the court to deliver judgment and award damages in Emefiele’s favor, emphasizing the government’s deliberate isolation of Emefiele.

In response, counsel for the respondents presented arguments challenging the suit’s merit, focusing on the authority and source of information regarding the affidavit supporting the originating summons. They highlighted procedural discrepancies and emphasized the absence of critical details in Emefiele’s affidavits.

The court is expected to deliberate on these points further before delivering the judgment on January 8, 2024.

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