DSS, Ikoyi prison officials clash over custody of Emefiele.

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There was an unpleasant scene at the Federal High Court, Lagos between operatives of the Department of State Services and officials of Nigeria Correctional Service as they clashed over who keeps custody of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele was arraigned by the Federal Ministry of Justice for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition but was granted bail in the sum of N20m with one surety, following his “not guilty” plea.

As the defendant’s lawyers were trying to perfect his bail conditions, a mild drama played out within the court premises between DSS operatives who are fully hooded and NCS over who will take custody of the embattled CBN boss.

Two Hilux vehicles belonging to the two government agencies were positioned near the entrance of the court.

The prison service also brought dogs into the court premises.

Sources said that there are moves by the DSS operatives to rearrest Emefiele despite the bail granted to him by the court.

Minutes later operatives of Department of State Services were seen arresting a top official of Ikoyi Prisons on the premises of Federal High Court in Lagos State.

The arrest may not be unconnected with the tussle for who keeps custody of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

The Ikoyi prison official who was rough-handled and shuffled into the DSS vehicle was later released by the secret service operatives.

 

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