Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Nigeria’s suspended central bank governor Godwin Emefiele has challenged in court his detention by the country’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS).

The 61-year-old, who was taken into custody on 10 June – a day after his suspension by newly inaugurated President Bola Tinubu, has not been formally charged.

At the time the president’s office said it was part of an “ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector.”

His lawyer argued that the continuing detention of Mr Emefiele, who was not in the Abuja High Court for Tuesday’s hearing, was a breach of his rights.

DSS lawyers said a lower court had allowed the agency to hold the banker as investigations continue.

The case was adjourned until 13 July for a ruling.

By Joy

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