In a session held at the Federal High Court in Lagos on the preceding day, a significant development occurred as Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was granted permission to formally present the court’s ruling to Mr. Yusuf Bichi, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS). The court had initially granted Emefiele bail on July 25, 2023, setting a bail amount of N20 million and ordering his confinement in prison custody as he faced charges related to unlawful possession of firearms. Emefiele, who pleaded not guilty to the charges brought by the DSS, was subsequently re-arrested by the DSS after the conclusion of the court proceedings.
During the recent hearing, Emefiele sought an ex-parte order to serve the complainant, the DSS, with the court’s ruling issued on July 25, 2023, which granted him bail and directed his remand in the Nigerian prisons. Emefiele’s request included an alternative method of publication in the media to ensure that the complainant was made aware of the court’s decision.
This request was made due to the practical difficulty of personally serving the DSS, especially considering their actions on July 25, 2023, which led to his re-arrest immediately following the court proceedings.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo, the presiding judge, acceded to Emefiele’s request and granted the ex-parte order as prayed. An affidavit supporting the application, sworn by Adeogun Samuel from the law firm of Victor Opara, SAN, highlighted the events of July 25, 2023, when despite the bail granted to Emefiele, the DSS re-arrested him, making personal service challenging. The affidavit emphasized the importance of notifying both the complainant and the respondent about the court’s ruling and underscored the belief that granting this application would serve the interest of justice without prejudicing the complainant.