NCS reacts to allegations of forceful removal of Emefiele from correctional centre


The Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Haliru Nababa, has denied alleged forceful removal of Mr Godwin Emefiele, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, from its custody.

He said the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, made no such attempt.

He said this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions in Abuja, on Thursday, following a petition by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency.

Rep Mike Etaba, the chairman of the committee, however, dismissed the petition on the grounds that it was subjudice.

According to him, “this matter is in court, we can’t forge ahead with this matter because it is subjudice to us. This matter is hereby dismissed from this committee.”


Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, Director, Legal and Prosecution Department of EFCC, said it was inappropriate to entertain the petition as it bordered on a subsisting court matter.

Nababa, who was represented by the Assistant Controller-General in Charge of Operations, Nwakeze Emmanuel, said such attempted abduction did not happen

“As far as we are concerned, we are not aware of any alleged attempt to forcefully release Emefiele, as he is still in our custody, bubbling.”

EFCC’s legal representative, Tahir, had earlier said, “The petition which we pursued borders on a pending court case.

“There is a subsisting criminal charge against Emefiele, on whose behalf the petitioners have petitioned.”

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