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Court Orders DSS DG To Grant Emefiele Access To Lawyer, Family Members

An Abuja High Court has directed the Director-General of the Department of States Services (DSS) to immediately grant unrestricted access to the lawyers and family members of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

The order of the court on Friday was premised on an application brought by counsel to Emefiele, J.B. Daudu SAN.

Daudu informed the court that he has written letters to the DSS, particularly on the 14th of June 2023, for the purpose of taking further instruction from him, but the DSS has refused to respond to the application.

On the other hand, counsel to the 2nd and 3rd Respondents I. Awo, Esq informed the court that the DSS does not have the penchant for refusing such a request and that it is wrong to do so.

However, he is certain the Security Service would abide by the Order of the Court and grant access to the listed lawyers and family members of Mr Emefiele to see him, while counsel to the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation did not oppose the application.

In another development, counsel to the DSS as well as the Office of the AGF requested an extension of time to file their respective responses to the Originating Motion, which was granted and the suit was further adjourned on June 19 for hearing of the substantive suit.

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