Home Courts Court adjourns hearing on Emefiele, FG’s applications to August 15

Court adjourns hearing on Emefiele, FG’s applications to August 15


The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned further hearings in the applications filed by the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, seeking to prevent the Federal Government from remanding or prosecuting him on the charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, or any other charge for that matter.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo determined that the motion, which addressed the court’s jurisdiction, was a priority and would be heard alongside another plea filed by the government requesting leave to appeal the ruling granting bail to the suspended CBN governor.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria Victor Opara, counsel to the suspended CBN Governor, told the court that the case was “germane and superior by reason of the DSS’s persistent, relentless disobedience to a clear, direct, and potent order of the court on his client’s bail application.”

He informed the judge that he had only been supplied with the prosecution’s response to the move to stay the trial of the suspended CBN Governor this morning. He also requested a brief adjournment to allow him to respond to the prosecution’s response on legal concerns.

But, KA Fagbemi, counsel to the FG and assistant chief state counsel, disagreed. She informed the court that the prosecution had initially filed a motion for leave to appeal and a stay of the court’s proceedings awaiting appeal.

She requested the court consider the FG’s application and adjourn Emefiele’s.

“On the principle of first in time, our motion comes first, and it is ripe for hearing. It is trite that any application that seeks to bring life to a case and another that seeks death, that which seeks life, should be taken first.”

“We urge the court to hear our application today. We are not opposed to an adjournment for them to respond to our reply to their own application”, she said.

After listening to both parties, Justice Oweibo said in his ruling, “The business of the court today is the hearing of the motion of the prosecution. Filing is concluded, and it is ripe for hearing. The court’s attention has, however, been drawn to the defendant’s motion.

“Given the importance of the move, which challenges both the prosecution and the court’s jurisdiction, I will enable the defence to answer so that both motions can be heard simultaneously.”

The court then scheduled a hearing on both applications for August 15th.



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