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House of Representatives Investigates EFCC for Reported Bid to Re-arrest Emefiele


House of Representatives Investigates EFCC for Reported Bid to Re-arrest Emefiele

The House of Representatives has initiated an inquiry into the reported unsuccessful attempt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to forcibly extract the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, from the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja. This move allegedly defied an existing court order that had granted Emefiele bail. The decision to investigate was made during the House plenary on Tuesday, following the endorsement of a petition titled ‘Is the EFCC pursuing prosecution or persecution?’ by Comrade Joshua Abah, the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Justice Equity and Transparency (CESJET).

Presented by Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Phillip Agbese, the petition contends that the actions of security agencies represent a direct challenge to the rule of law, suggesting that Emefiele is facing persecution rather than prosecution. The petition emphasizes a High Court’s recent bail order for Emefiele, requiring a 300 million naira bail and two sureties with properties in the Maitama District of the FCT.

Initially facing a 20-count charge, later reduced to six, Emefiele’s case has been marred by unsubstantiated charges, including terrorism sponsorship and illegal possession of firearms. The petition claims that, despite assurances from the EFCC Counsel that Emefiele would not be re-arrested, security agencies were allegedly seen at the Kuje Correctional Centre, attempting to apprehend him as his family sought to meet bail conditions. The petition urges the House to intervene, emphasizing that such actions undermine the rule of law and the country’s judicial system.


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