ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has succumbed to the court ruling ordering it to produce Godwin Emefiele, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), before the high court in Abuja.
In a ruling made on 2 November, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi directed the anti-graft agency to either release Emefiele, who had been in custody since 9 June, or to produce him in court for a bail decision.
At the resumed proceeding in the matter on Monday, the anti-graft agency however, failed to present the embattled former CBN governor before the court in Abuja.
Meanwhile, Justice Adeniyi restated his directive on Monday, making it clear that Emefiele is to be in court today, November 8, for the purpose of bail proceedings or for the EFCC to release him.
The detained former CBN Governor has been in detention since 10 June, charged with procurement fraud, but his trial has stalled since August when the Department of State Services failed to present him in court to enter a plea.
Emefiele was initially detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) but the EFCC, a government anti-corruption agency, said on Monday he had now been in their custody for a week.
The former CBN Governor, who has not commented publicly on the case, was suspended by President Bola Tinubu on 9 June and was arrested a day later by the DSS.
He resigned in August, paving the way for the appointment of new central bank Governor Olayemi Cardoso in September.
Earlier, Justice Adeniyi had in the alternative directed the anti-graft agency to on its own grant bail to embattled Emefiele or allow the court to do so in line with provisions of the law on fundamental human rights.