In a courtroom twist, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to produce former CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, defying a court order.
Justice Olukayode Adeniyi reiterated his November 2 order, which directed the EFCC to either release Emefiele unconditionally or bring him to court for bail consideration.
Emefiele’s lawyer, Mr. Mathew Burkaa, informed the court that the EFCC had disregarded the order and stated that his client had been in custody for 149 days. The EFCC, represented by Mr. Farouk Abdullahi, confirmed receiving the order but disputed the duration of Emefiele’s custody, asserting that he had been held for only seven days.
The judge adjourned the matter until November 8 and reiterated his orders, instructing the EFCC to either release Emefiele unconditionally or produce him in court for a bail hearing. Emefiele has been detained since June 9 and is seeking his immediate release and damages of N5 million through the court.