The judge further held that the SSS acted wrongfully and illegally in instigating the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Mr Emefiele in respect of the exercise of his statutory duty
By Deborah Musa
A federal capital territory, FCT, high court in Abuja on Thursday, has quashed the moves by the State Security Services to arrest the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele on allegations of terrorism financing and economic crimes.
Justice M.A Hassan in a well-considered judgment on the Originating Motion marked GAR/CV/41/2022 filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Forum for Accountability and Good Leadership to enforce the Fundamental rights of Mr.Emefiele against the five respondents mentioned in the suit.
Which is the Attorney General of the Federation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Inspector General of Police, State Security Service and the Central Bank of Nigeria,
Justice Hassan in his judgement, restrained the State Security Service from further harassing, humiliating, embarrassing, threatening to incarcerate or detain Mr. Emefiele over the trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices.
The judge further restrained the SSS and any person acting through them from inviting, arresting and/or detaining the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in the guise of having committed any offence with respect to allegations of terrorism financing, fraudulent activities etc or in any other manner whatsoever interfering with his rights to freedom of movement, personal liberty, human dignity or interfering with the tenure, functions and discharge of his duties as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria except by an order of a superior court.
Furthermore, the court relying on the orders of the Federal High Court in Suit FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 delivered by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Justice J. T. Tsoho, lampooned the SSS and declared that any continuous harassments, intimidation, threats, restriction of free movement, abuse of right of office, surreptitious moves to arrest and humiliate Mr. Godwin Emefiele over the trumped up allegations of terrorism financing and fraudulent practices etc by the Service and their officers is vindictive, unwarranted, abrasive, oppressive and constitutes a flagrant breach of his rights to personal liberty, dignity of the human person, right to policy making powers, freedom of thought, conscience and religion and movement as respectively provided and enshrined under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and therefore unconstitutional and illegal.
The judge further held that the SSS acted wrongfully and illegally in instigating the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Mr Emefiele in respect of the exercise of his statutory duty releating to the issuance of monetary policies and directives in the interest of national security and the economy.