The industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) at the Federal Capital Territory High Court branch, has stalled the arraignment of the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

DSS Arraigns Emefiele Over Illegal Possession Of Firearms
Godwin Emefiele

JUSUN directed its members to join the industrial action enforced by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

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NLC and TUC had declared the strike over an assault on NLC President Joe Ajaero in Imo State on November 1, 2023.

However, prior to this, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi had last week granted Emefiele bail.

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He ordered that he should be released immediately to his lawyers.

They were charged with the responsibility of producing him in court for his arraignment today (Wednesday) or on any other day.

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Emefiele’s Trouble

The travails of the former CBN Governor started when President Bola Tinubu suspended him on June 9, 2023.

Also Read: List Of NLC Demands From Tinubu’s Administration

A day after, the Department of State Services (DSS) confirmed that the suspended CBN Governor was in its custody.

After several legal fireworks by Emefiele’s counsel challenging his prolonged detention by the DSS, the secret police bowed to pressure on July 13, 2023.

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They announced that the suspended apex bank chief had been charged to court.

Emefiele was brought to a Lagos court by DSS operatives in a Hilux vehicle on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

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More Troubles

Appearing before Justice Oweibo, Emefiele, 61, pleaded “not guilty”.

He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of illegal possession of firearm and ammunition filed against him by the Federal Government.

The DSS in August withdrew its charges against Emefiele.

The secret police freed the embattled ex-bank chief on October 26.

But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detained him the same day.

The EFCC had failed to produce Emefiele in court last Monday.

However, the commission bowed to the court’s order and produced the former CBN chief court on Wednesday.

That was the day for the hearing of his bail application.

The judge granted Emefiele bail and was expected to be in court today to take his plea.

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