A federal capital territory high court in Maitama, Abuja has granted bail to Godwin Emefiele, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Delivering a ruling on the bail application filed by the former CBN governor, Olukayode Adeniyi, the presiding judge, ordered the federal government to release Emefiele to his lawyers.
The court also ordered the lawyers to ensure that Emefiele is produced for arraignment whenever he is needed and that his international passport should be deposited before the court.
Earlier at the court session, Oyin Koleoso, counsel representing the federal government and the office of the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), opposed the bail application.
Koleoso told the court that the applicant is scheduled to be arraigned on November 15, in respect of a pending charge filed by the AGF office.
He prayed the court to “decline the application for bail to avoid a situation where the scheduled arrangement may be interfered with”.
“It will pose further problems for the prosecution to get the applicant for his arraignment,” Koleoso said.
“By the time he is arraigned next week, he can now make a proper application for bail which will be considered on its merit.
“In view of the processes filed, we urge the court to decline the application for bail.”
In another submission, Farouk Abdullah, EFCC counsel, also asked the court to refuse the application.
“On behalf of the third and fourth respondents, I state that the applicant only came into the custody of the 4th respondent on October 26 and he has been in the custody of the respondents pursuant to a detention order made by the court.
“These facts are contained in the notice of preliminary objection filed in this court, therefore, the fourth respondent is not acting arbitrarily but within the confines of legality.
“The court that made the order gave a return date of November 10, 2023.
“Respectfully, we pray your lordship to decline bail and reiterate your learned brother’s directive that the applicant be brought to court on November 15 as two conflicting directives may be difficult.”