Former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who has been in detention for over five months, finally appeared in court today for his bail hearing. He was brought by the EFCC following a court order that he should be released or presented in court.
Emefiele, who wore a yellow kaftan and a cap, looked calm as he entered the courtroom around 12:30 p.m.
The presiding judge, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, reiterated his order on Monday that the EFCC should produce Emefiele in court today, November 8, to consider his bail application.
Emefiele had filed an ex-parte motion seeking an order to compel the EFCC to free him from custody, pending the outcome of his suit challenging his arrest and detention.
He also asked the court to grant him bail and award him N5 million as damages for violating his fundamental rights.
The respondents in the suit, numbered FCT/HC/CV/040/2023, are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, the EFCC, and its Chairman.
Emefiele’s ordeal began on June 9, when he was suspended from his position as CBN Governor by President Bola Tinubu.
He was later arrested at his Lagos home by DSS agents.
He is facing a two-count charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition at the Federal High Court in Lagos, as well as a 20-count charge of corruption at an Abuja High Court sitting at Maitama.