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Femi Falana reacts to court order stopping arrest of CBN governor Emefiele by DSS

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana has said the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, is enjoying temporary victory over a court ruling that refused an exparte application by the Department of State Services, seeking his arrest over alleged terrorism.

According to Falana, no Nigerian should be arrested by a court order.

On Monday, the Federal High Court, declined an application by the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest and detain Emefiele.

While declining the motion ex-parte filed by an applicant in the absence of the respondent, Justice John Tsoho said the secret police did not provide any concrete evidence to substantiate its claims that Emefiele was involved in terrorism financing and economic crimes.

Falana, speaking on Tuesday, December 20 at Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’, said ordinary Nigerians should enjoy the immunity that Emefiele enjoyed in the case against the DSS.

“On no ground should our court order the arrest and detention of any citizen on the basis of an ex parte application,” he stated.

“I cannot guess why this harassment is being meted out to Mr Godwin Emefiele, I do not have the full fact. Even the court said sufficient fact has not been adduced to warrant granting the order.”

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