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SSS and Prison Officials Clash Over Custody of Suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele Before Bail Was Granted

Tensions escalated at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, as officials from the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) engaged in a physical altercation over the custody of the suspended CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele. The clash occurred shortly after Mr. Emefiele was granted bail by the court.

Following his appearance before a judge, Godwin Emefiele was granted bail, with the court setting bail conditions that he needed to meet. However, the dispute arose when prison officials insisted that Mr. Emefiele should be in their custody until he fulfilled the bail conditions. On the other hand, SSS officials claimed to possess a separate court order to rearrest him regardless of whether he met the bail requirements.

Armed operatives from both agencies confronted each other within the court premises, resorting to physical violence in an attempt to assert their claims over the suspended bank chief’s custody. The altercation reportedly involved hand-to-hand combat as each side attempted to take control of Mr. Emefiele.

The court granted Godwin Emefiele a bail of N20 million, requiring him to produce one surety who could match the bail amount. After the bail was granted, the clash between the SSS and prison officials ensued.

SOURCE: Premium Times

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