Nigeria Correctional Service Denies EFCC, DSS Attempted Abduction of Emefiele  - The Top Society

Nigeria Correctional Service Denies EFCC, DSS Attempted Abduction of Emefiele 


The Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Haliru Nababa, refuted claims that the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sought to forcibly abduct former Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, from the Correctional Centre in Kuje, Abuja.

Nababa addressed these allegations during his appearance before the House of Representatives committee on public petitions, prompted by a petition from the Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency.

The petition alleged that the EFCC and DSS attempted to forcefully remove Emefiele from the custody of the Correctional Centre.

Chairman of the committee, Hon Mike Etaba, dismissed the petition during its first hearing on Thursday, citing that it was sub judice, implying it relates to a matter currently under judicial consideration.

The Director of the Legal and Prosecution Department of the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir SAN, supported Etaba’s stance, deeming it inappropriate to entertain the petition as it pertains to an existing court matter.

Represented by the Assistant Controller-General in Charge of Operations, Nwakeze Emmanuel, Nababa stated, “As far as we are concerned, we are not aware of any alleged attempt to forcefully release Dr Emefiele. Emefiele is still in our custody, bubbling.” 

The committee chairman said:

“This matter is in court, we can’t forget ahead with this matter because it is subjudice to us. This matter is hereby dismissed from this committee. 

Earlier the EFCC’s legal representative, Tahir, had said:

“The petition which we perused borders on a pending court case. There is a subsisting criminal charge against Mr Godwin Emefiele on whose behalf the petitioners have petitioned.

“I am wondering whether it is appropriate given the fact that it borders on a subsisting court matter for this committee to by way of a public hearing delve into the matter more so that Mr. Emefiele is ably represented by very senior lawyers in this matter including senior advocates of Nigeria (SAN) and this petition did not emanate from them and in any event, we believe if the allegations have substance as the petitioners would want this committee to believe it would have been ventilated before the honourable court before which this case is pending because they are alleging case of contempt. 

“If it is a case of contempt as it is being alleged, I thought the appropriate forum to ventilate that issue should be before the honourable court other than being it before this committee given the sub judice nature of this case. The court made an order admitting him to bail on conditions which to the best of our knowledge is yet to fulfil the bail condition. The correctional centre can confirm that he (Emefiele) is in their custody ostensibly because of the reason of non-fulfillment of the bail condition.”


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