Date set by court for decision on Emefiele’s enforcement right

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The verdict in the enforcement of a lawsuit for fundamental rights brought by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) suspended Governor, Godwin Emefiele, was postponed by an FCT High Court to July 13 on Tuesday.

After hearing the arguments made by the parties involved, Justice Hamza Muazu set the date.

Joseph Daudu, SAN, the attorney for Emefiele, contended in his argument that the court had the authority to hear the case despite the respondents’ first opposition to the originating summons on notice.

He claims that the charges mentioned against Emefiele are state offenses that the FCT High Court may hear.

Tijjani Ghazali, SAN, the attorney for the Attorney-General of the Federation, informed the court that the first respondent is contesting the court’s authority to hear the applicant’s case.

He said that the Department of State Services’ decision to arrest and detain Emefiele was made administratively by a division of the executive.

He continued by saying that the reliefs requested by an applicant determine jurisdiction.

In light of the fact that the troubled CBN governor is being held according to an order from an FCT Chief Magistrate Court, he asked the court to deny the application and contends that the claim of wrongful imprisonment is false.

The attorney for the second and third respondents, I. Awo, argued for the dismissal of the application with costs since there existed an active order to detain the applicant.

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