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“DSS Has No Right to Arrest Emefiele” – Falana

“DSS Has No Right to Arrest Emefiele” – Falana 

Falana is insistent that the EFCC handle money laundering allegations.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

According to Femi Falana, a recognized human rights lawyer, the Department of State Services (DSS) lacks the authority to investigate and prosecute Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ‘s suspended Governor, on money laundering accusations.

Falana said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had such prosecution authority. He requested the DSS to limit its inquiry to terrorism-related charges.

Falana emphasized that the DSS, which had accused Emefiele of supporting terrorism, should focus its probe on that particular issue before referring it to the EFCC.

Falana said that if the DSS continues to investigate money laundering charges that lie outside of its scope, the probe would be jeopardized.

Falana cited the Supreme Court’s decision in Bukola Saraki v. the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in which it was determined that the EFCC lacked the power to investigate and punish persons for violating the terms of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

According to this legal principle, he said, the DSS lacks the authority to investigate and punish Emefiele for charges of money laundering and other economic offenses.

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