DSS Faces Lawsuit for Not Releasing Emefiele

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

A group of 60 lawyers initiated legal proceedings against the Department of State Services (DSS) by approaching the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

The lawyers claimed that the DSS had violated multiple court judgments and orders instructing the Service to release former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Led by Maxwell Opara and Ahmed Tijani, the lawyers requested the court to hold the DSS in contempt and consider imprisonment until the Agency complies with the Court directives.

They filed a motion seeking the issuance of Form 48 and Form 49, which are the necessary forms to commence proceedings for imprisoning a contemnor.

The lawyers emphasized that Justice M. A. Hassan, Justice Hamza Muazu, and Justice Bello Kawu had issued judgments and orders requiring the SSS Director-General to release Mr. Emefiele from detention.

According to the lawyers’ affidavit, Justice Hassan specifically restrained the respondents, including the DSS, from arresting, detaining, or interrogating Emefiele in relation to offenses related to terrorism financing, money laundering, round-tripping, and national security financial crimes.

Despite these clear and explicit court orders, the lawyers stated that the SSS had arrested and detained Mr. Emefiele for over a month while attempting to gather evidence that ultimately did not exist.

Maxwell Opara, speaking to the media after filing the necessary documents, declared that their group would relentlessly pursue the case to ensure that the SSS Director-General, Bichi, is imprisoned.

He highlighted the need to send a strong message to other heads of security agencies that disobeying court orders would no longer be tolerated.

Mr. Opara further criticized the DSS’s actions, describing it as preposterous for the agency to accuse Mr. Emefiele of committing grave crimes against the state, only to later file charges against him for possessing a validly registered pump-action rifle.

He argued that these developments made it evident that Emefiele’s ordeal was politically motivated rather than based on genuine concerns.

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