Court grants Emefiele N20m bail as DSS operatives beat up Prisons official in scuffle for Emefiele’s custody

Abuja—The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of N20 million with one surety in like sum by the Federal High Court in Lagos State.

According to the Punch, he was granted bail after pleading not guilty to the two counts bordering on the alleged illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

Emefiele is facing two counts of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition preferred against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice before the vacation judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

The ministry of justice is prosecuting him on charges of possessing a single-barrelled shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a licence.

He is also accused of illegally being in possession of 23 rounds of live ammunition (cartridges) without a licence.

The defendant committed the offences on June 15, 2023, at No. 3b Iru Close, Ikoyi area of Lagos.

Meanwhile, heavily armed Department of State Services, DSS, officials are currently engaged in a free-for-all with Nigeria Correctional Services, NCS, officials over custody of the suspended former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele.

An unidentified highly-ranking NCS has been seriously beaten up and arrested by DSS officials, who have mobilised more men to counter the attempt by prison authorities to take Emefiele into custody.

Moments before the fight broke out, the Prisons authorities had mobilised more men to take custody of Emefiele as ordered by the court.

Lawyers and journalists covering the matter scampered for safety to avoid being beaten by the DSS officials.

They have now positioned their men in strategic positions in the court premises to prevent Emefiele from being taken out of the court.

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