House of Representatives Launches Probe into EFCC’s Alleged Violation of Court Order in Emefiele’s Case

In a significant move, the House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following accusations of a failed attempt to forcibly transfer former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, from the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) in Kuje Custodial Centre, Abuja. This action stands in defiance of an existing court order granting bail to Emefiele.

The decision, reached on Tuesday, comes in response to a petition submitted by the Centre for Social Justice Equity And Transparency (CESJET).

The CESJET, in its petition dated November 27, 2023, addressed to the House deputy spokesman, Hon. Philip Agbese, expressed deep concern over what it perceives as a violation of the rule of law by security agencies, labeling it a direct challenge to a court order.

The CESJET contended that Emefiele was facing persecution rather than prosecution and called on lawmakers to intervene to prevent the abuse of court processes. The petition scrutinized the actions of the EFCC, accusing them of re-arresting Emefiele without grounds, contrary to the court’s ruling on his bail conditions.

Titled ‘Is the EFCC pursuing prosecution or persecution?,’ the CESJET’s petition underscored the court’s granting of bail to Emefiele and detailed the subsequent actions of state-owned security agencies, notably the EFCC and the Directorate of State Security Service (DSSS).

The petition disclosed that despite assurances from the EFCC counsel that Emefiele would not face re-arrest on the same charges, operatives were reportedly laying in wait at the Kuje Correction Centre to apprehend him.

Emphasizing the constitutional right to bail under Section 34(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended), the organization urged the House of Representatives to address the EFCC’s actions, deeming them an affront to the rule of law and an abuse of court processes.

The investigation by the House of Representatives seeks to uncover the reported attempts to breach a court order and ensure accountability in the EFCC’s handling of the Emefiele case.”

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