The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, did not bring the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele to court.

EFCC Refuses To Bring Emefiele To Court


This was in defiance to an order by the Federal Capital Territory High Court on Thursday.

The court had ordered the commission to either release him or produce him in court for the hearing of a motion on his bail.


At the court proceedings on Monday, the former CBN governor was absent.

Emefiele’s lawyer, Mathew Burkaa, accused the EFCC of disobeying the court order.


He said: “They have flouted both orders, as today marks the 149th day of the Applicant being in custody.

“The Applicant is still in the custody of the 3rd and 4th Respondents, up till this moment that we speak”.

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But in his response, the EFCC’s counsel, Farouk Abdullahi, said although the order was served on the commission, he denied that the former CBN governor had spent over 100 days in its custody.


He added that not obeying the order was not a deliberate act.

According to him, certain exhibits referred to by the applicant, particularly exhibit E, were not attached to the order.


The presiding judge, Justice Olusegun Adeniyi, adjourned the matter till November 8.

Also, he restated his order that the EFCC should release Emefiele unconditionally or produce him in court on the next adjourned date to be admitted to bail.

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