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General News of Monday, 16 January 2023


Godwin Emefiele: SANs, Ex-AGF send timely message to Malami on DSS

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Following claims that the Department of State Services (DSS) has declared wanted Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), some concerned prominent Nigerian lawyers have sent a message to Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation.

The lawyers, all SANs, led by Adetokunbo Kayode, former attorney-general of the federation, have called on Malami to prevent the arrest of Emefiele by the DSS.

In a recent letter seen by journalists, Kayode and the SANs urged Malami to use his good office to ensure that the DSS strictly adheres to court orders.

They advised the minister of justice to enforce the security agency not to do anything that will bring the current administration into disrepute.

In their opinion, the SANs believe that doing this will prove to Nigerians that the government is truly committed to the rule of law, especially at this time when a transition is imminent.

Part of the letter read: “The constitutional role of the judiciary as the third arm of government includes to serve as a bulwark against oppression and intimidation.

The judiciary remains available to both the government and the citizens in the ventilation of perceived grievances.

“Consequently, we respectfully urge the Hon. attorney-general, as chief law officer of the federation, to ensure adherence to the rule of law and advise the security agencies, especially the Department of State Security (DSS) to comply with the order of the court and not do anything that will cast this government in a very negative light In this circumstance.

“This is very important as it will signal to Nigerians and the international community that the government is committed to the rule of law as we proceed into this transition era.”