The premises of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos was thrown into pandemonium following a violent clash between the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and officials of the Nigeria Correctional Service over who has custody over suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The fight started after Justice Nicholas Oweibo granted Emefiele bail in the sum of N20 million.
The federal government had arraigned Emefiele on a two-count charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
The government is accusing Emefiele of possessing a single-barrel shotgun without a license.
Contrary to the request of the prosecutor from the Ministry of Justice, Mrs Nkiru Jones-Nebo, Justice Oweibo remanded the defendant in the custody of the Ikoyi Custodial Centre pending the perfection of the bail term.
But instead of obeying the court order, the DSS insisted that it secured an order from above to rearrest the defendant, while at the same time the Correctional officials also maintained that they must enforce the order.
The standoff later culminated in a physical scuffle between the fully armed operatives of the two federal government agencies.
Emefiele’s lawyer, Joseph Daudu (SAN), spoke to ENYIMBA FM after at the court premises.