A Maitama-based Abuja High Court on Friday ordered the Department of State Services, DSS, and its Director General to give suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele, who has been detained since last Saturday, immediate access to his attorneys and family.
Following the filing of a lawsuit by Emefiele’s legal team, led by Mr. Joseph Daudu, SAN, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, for the enforcement of fundamental rights, Justice Hamza Muazu issued the decree.
Daudu, SAN, told the court that he wrote letters to the DSS, seeking access to his client to enable the legal team to take necessary instructions from him.
He told the court that one such letter was received by the security agency on June 14.
The former NBA President lamented that the DSS spurned his requests to have an audience with the embattled suspended CBN governor who is in its custody.
However, counsel for the DSS, Mr. I. Awo, denied the claim that the agency declined to grant Emefiele access to his lawyers and family members.
Awo assured the court that the agency would comply with its order, even as the court adjourned further hearing on Emefiele’s fundamental right enforcement suit, to June 19.
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