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DSS Scuffle: Emefiele’s Dramatic Re-Arrest

In an unprecedented turn of events, the arraignment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Central Bank Governor, took a dramatic twist as the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) engaged in a heated scuffle over custody.
DSS Scuffle: Emefiele's Dramatic Re-Arrest

In an unprecedented turn of events, the arraignment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Central Bank Governor, took a dramatic twist as the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) engaged in a heated scuffle over custody.

Touchaheart Nigeria reports on the events that unfolded during the court proceedings and the subsequent re-arrest of Emefiele, shedding light on the implications of this shocking incident.

The Charges

After being arrested 46 days prior by the DSS and facing an order for release or arraignment, Mr. Emefiele was charged with illegal possession of a single-barrel shotgun and 123 rounds of live ammunition without a license.

Pleading not guilty to the allegations, he maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

The Bail Application

Following the arraignment, Emefiele’s legal counsel, Chief Joseph Daudu, SAN, sought bail on his client’s behalf.

The Deputy Director of the Federal Ministry of Justice opposed the bail application, citing concerns about Emefiele being a flight risk and potentially using his power to intimidate others.

However, Justice Nicholas Oweibo rejected these claims and granted Emefiele bail in the sum of N20 million with specific conditions.

Read Also: BREAKING: The DSS rearrests Emefiele following a confrontation with prison guards

The Scuffle and Re-Arrest

The court premises became the scene of intense clashes between DSS and NPS officials over custody of Emefiele after the bail was granted.

Both agencies vied for control, leading to a tense standoff that lasted for hours.

Eventually, the DSS managed to re-arrest Emefiele immediately after he stepped out of the courtroom, defying the court’s decision to remand him in prison custody.

Public Reaction

Prominent legal experts, including Femi Falana, SAN, expressed dismay at the conduct of the DSS and called for adherence to court orders.

The Concerned Northern Forum urged the DSS to respect court orders, release Emefiele to NPS custody, and free Alhaji Aminu Yaro and his wife.

Various other legal professionals and human rights groups criticized the DSS’s actions, considering them an exhibition of impunity and a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

What You Should Know

The incident surrounding Mr. Emefiele’s arraignment and re-arrest has raised serious concerns about the rule of law and the conduct of law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.

The clash between the DSS and NPS exemplifies the need for better coordination among government institutions and the importance of respecting court orders.

As the nation seeks to restore order and uphold its democratic principles, it is crucial for all parties involved to act responsibly and maintain the integrity of the justice system.

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