The House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following reported failed attempts to re-arrest Godwin Emefiele.
On Tuesday, the House of Representatives resolved to investigate the reported failed attempts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to forcibly expel former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, from the Nigeria Correctional Service in Kuje, Abuja, to obtain, in violation of a court of law. order granting him bail.
The House of Representatives resolution came after the acceptance of a petition on the issue filed by the civil society organization (CSO) called the Center for Social Justice Equity and Transparency (CESJET).
Dated this 27th day of November, 2023 and addressed to the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Philip Agbese, the petition alleged that the actions of security agencies constituted a direct violation of the rule of law and showed contempt for the orders of a court of competent jurisdiction.
The CSO expressed concern that the former CBN governor, who is currently embroiled in a legal matter, was subjected to prosecution rather than prosecution.
The organization urged lawmakers to intervene and called for measures to prevent abuse of legal processes and the unjust prosecution of Emefiele by government authorities.
The petition titled: “IS THE EFCC CAUSING PROSECUTION OR PROSECUTION?” signed by the Executive Director, Comrade Joshua Abah, reads in part: “It has become expedient to bring to your attention the blatant breach and violation of the Order of Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in relation to the prosecution of Godwin Emefiele, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
A High Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, had on Friday, November 24, 2023, granted bail to former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in the sum of 300 million naira and two sureties in the same amount, who must own properties in the Maitama District of the FCT.
The Court also ruled that Godwin Emefiele should be remanded in custody at the Kuje Correctional Center pending the fulfillment of bail conditions.
“Godwin Emefiele was initially charged on a 20-count charge, which was later reduced to a 6-count charge. This came after a series of unsubstantiated allegations by various government agencies, ranging from sponsoring terrorism, illegal possession of firearms and now twenty allegations of corruption.
“After the judgment granting him bail was delivered, counsel for Godwin Emefiele briefed the Court on the manner in which State security agencies (particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Directorate of State Security Service (DSSS) were taking turns and have been making rounds to arrest and re-arrest Emefiele without any reason.
“On hearing this, the Court invited counsel for the EFCC to respond. In response, the EFCC lawyer, on behalf of the EFCC, pledged that Emefiele will not be arrested again on the same charges pending before the Court.
“While Emefiele's family members were still at the Court to fulfill bail conditions, EFCC operatives were cited at the Kuje Correctional Center where they laid an ambush to re-arrest and forcibly take away Emefiele as he was coming out of the Correctional Center came.
“As you are aware, Sir, bail is a constitutionally guaranteed right under Article 34(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). It has become necessary to bring this to the attention of the House of Representatives so that the EFCC can be called to order.
“These actions by the security agencies are a direct affront to the rule of law and amount to a disregard of the order of a competent court. Instead of diligently prosecuting the case against Mr. Emefiele, the EFCC and its counterpart are busy abusing the court process and prosecuting a citizen who has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty a competent court has been proven.
“These government agencies must refrain from all such untoward practices. If there are new violations, they can file new charges and not have to constantly chase him and make frantic attempts to kidnap him from prison. This action undermines the rule of law and makes a mockery of our legal system.
“Bail is a temporary freedom and not a permanent freedom. This behavior of the state agencies is all working to undermine the renewed hope agenda and efforts of Mr. President, our leader, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.”
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