“If DSS Detains Emefiele Endlessly, His Arrest Will Become An International Issue” – Aondoakaa
A former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Aondoakaa (SAN), has revealed that the arrest of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, will become an international issue if the Department of State Services (DSS) continue to detain him. While speaking in an interview with Arise TV, he said that the constitution states that anyone who is arrested should be charged to court within 48 hours.
Aondoakaa called on the DSS not to act against the law of the land, adding that Emefiele occupied a unique position in the country and his prolonged detention will send a wrong signal to foreign investors.
The suspended CBN Governor remains in custody after he was arrested by the DSS barely one week ago. While speaking on this, Aondoakaa said that the DSS should be mindful of what the constitution says or Emefiele’s arrest will become an international issue.
“We have a constitution that stipulates the period within which somebody can be arrested and charged to court so there must be a separation for an arrest, detention and investigation. The investigation doesn’t necessarily need an arrest but arrests can be made when the person is in a position to interfere or likely to escape from justice. But when you detain beyond the constitutional period, it becomes a problem.
If DSS detains him endlessly, the arrest of the CBN Governor will become an international issue. If you detain him endlessly without arranging him to court, it will be a wrong signal to investors who will wonder how the country is run.”