The Department of State Services (DSS) said on Thursday that it has accused suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele with contempt of court.
Remember that a Federal Capital Territory High Court directed the DSS to charge Emefiele in court if criminal charges were leveled against him.
The presiding judge, Hamza Muazu, had requested that the former CBN governor be released on bail if he was not transported to a competent court within one week.
In a statement issued hours after the court ruling, DSS spokesperson Peter Afunanya said Emefiele has been charged to court in accordance with the court order.
The DSS official, however, did not name the court where Emefiele was prosecuted, nor did he name the allegations leveled against the suspended bank leader in that court.
“In response to an Abuja High Court order issued today, July 13, 2023, the Department of State Services (DSS) hereby confirms that Mr Godwin Emefiele has been charged to court in accordance with the Order.”
“The public may recall that the Service had, in 2022, applied for a Court Order to detain him in respect of a criminal investigation,” Afunanya said in a statement late Thursday.
“Despite the fact that he (Emefiele) obtained a restraining order from an FCT High Court, the Service arrested him in June 2023 on the basis of suspected new criminal infractions/information, one of which forms the basis for his current prosecution.”
The DSS informed the public of its “professionalism, justice, and fairness” in processing the case and carrying out its responsibilities.