By Akin Kuponiyi/ Lagos
Justice Nicholas Oweibo of Federal High Lagos on Tuesday granted an order enabling the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, leave to serve the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi the order of the court admitting him to bail and directing that he should be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre.
The order of the court was sequel to an application filed by the counsel to the embattled CBN Governor, Mrs Ogonnaya Sonuga.
The court had granted Emefiele N20 million bail on July 25, 2023 when he was arraigned on charges of illegal possession of fire arms and ordered that he should be remanded at the custody of Nigerian Correctional Services
The embattled CBN Governor is standing trial on a two-count charge bordering on possession of a single barrel shot gun, as well as possession of 123 rounds of live ammunition without licence.
He, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
However DSS, rearrested Emefiele shortly after the court’s proceedings.
But on Tuesday, the court granted him leave to serve the DSS and Bichi with the Order of Court obtained on the 25 day of July, 2023 “admitting him to bail and directing that he should be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service by substituted means to wit: by publishing same in Three National Daily Newspapers Circulating within the Jurisdiction of the Court, the said service will be deemed as good and proper service on the Prosecutor/Complainant herein”
Consequently the presiding Judge Nicholas Oweibo granted the prayers.
In an affidavit in Support of the application sworn to by one Adeogun Ayodele Samuel, Emefiele stated that the Court had on July 25 ordered that he should be remanded at Nigeria Correctional Service pending the perfection of his bail.
The deponent stated that despite the order granting him bail the Department of State Services (DSS) re-arrested and whisked him away from the premises of the Federal high Court on the 25th of July, 2023.