Court grants Emefiele leave to serve DSS

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday granted the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, leave to serve the Director General, Department of State Services, Mr Yusuf Bichi, the order of the court admitting him to bail and directing his remand in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

Justice Oweibo granted the order following an ex parte application moved by Emefiele’s counsel, Mrs Ogonnaya Sonuga.

The DSS had last week arraigned Emefiele before the judge on two counts bordering illegal possession of firearms.

The DSS said it found Emefiele in possession of a single-barrel shotgun and 123 rounds of live ammunition without licences.

But the defendant pleaded not guilty and was granted N20m bail with one surety in like sum

The surety is to file two passport photographs and an affidavit of means. The defendant is to deposit his passport with the court, or if he has none, to depose an affidavit that he has none,” the judge stated.

Justice Oweibo ordered that Emefiele should be remanded in the Ikoyi facility of the Nigerian Correctional Service pending the perfection of the bail conditions.

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