Citizens Watch ‘uncovers’ plots to re-arrest Emefiele

A group, Nigeria Citizens Watch for Good Governance, has expressed concerns over alleged plots to re-arrest the former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, calling on the judiciary to enforce compliance with its orders.

The group, in a statement signed by its chairman, Malam Ahmed Yahuza Tanimu, said the ex-CBN governor “just like every other citizen has the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”

The statement read in part, “Any form of violence or threat against someone in custody is highly condemnable and goes against the principles of justice and human rights. We are also saddened by the revelation of a plan by some security agencies to re-arrest Dr. Emefiele on trumped-up charges to further suppress his fundamental human rights.

“We are consoled that with the recent decisions of our courts, those who violate their decisions won’t have where to run to. Therefore, the Judiciary should be on the watch for further disobedience to its orders. We commend the judiciary for its prompt action in ordering the immediate release of Mr. Emefiele. This decision upholds the fundamental principles of justice and reinforces the significance of respecting the rule of law.

“We strongly condemn the labeling of the bail granted to Mr. Emefiele as scandalous by Sahara Reporters. We believe that responsible journalism plays a critical role in upholding the truth and promoting democratic values. It is disappointing to witness sensationalised reporting that undermines the credibility and integrity of our judicial system. Sahara Reporters would have gone to the Federal High Court and verified whether Mr. Emefiele failed to meet the bail conditions.”