The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Godwin Emefiele has approached the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja, challenging his detention by the Department of State Services.

In his originating motion on notice, Emefiele is praying for the court to enforce his right to liberty and freedom of movement, as there is no basis for his continuous detention.

In a preliminary objection filed against the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Emefiele, the Attorney General of the Federation and the DSS told the Federal Capital Territory High Court that the detention was backed by the order of a magistrates’ court and prayed for the court to dismiss the motion with cost.

The AGF is also challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit, as the originating motion filed by Emefiele ought to have sought that the court set aside the order for his detention rather than seek enforcement of rights. However, the case has been adjourned till July 13 for a ruling.

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