The suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been granted leave to serve the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, the court order admitting him to bail.
Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High sitting in Lagos granted the request on Monday and directed his remand in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The presiding granted the order following an ex-parte application moved by Emefiele’s counsel, Ogonnaya Sonuga.
Recall that the court on July 25th granted Emefiele N50 million bail and ordered that he should be remanded at the NCS after he was arraigned on two counts of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The charges bordered on alleged possession of a single barrel shotgun, as well as possession of 123 rounds of live ammunition without a licence.
However, DSS rearrested Emefiele on the court premises shortly after he was granted bail.
In an ex-parte application dated July 28, Emefiele asked the court for “an order of this Honourable Court granting leave to the Defendant/Applicant to serve the Complainant through and on the office and person of the Director General Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi with the Ruling/Order of Court obtained on the 25th day of July 2023 admitting the defendant/Applicant to bail and directing his remand in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service by substituted means to wit: by publishing same in Three (3) National Daily Newspapers Circulating within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and which said service will be deemed as good and proper service on the Prosecutor/Complainant herein”- Daily Trust Newspaper. – Punch Newspaper. -Thisday Newspaper.
And for such orders and further orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of this case.”
Subsequently, Justice Oweibo granted the prayers.