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Federal Capital Territory High Court Dismisses CBN Staff’s Suit Against DSS

In a recent development, the Federal Capital Territory High Court has ruled against Sa’adatu Yaro, a staff member of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in her fundamental human rights suit against the Department of State Services (DSS). The court dismissed Yaro’s suit, which had sought the release of six exotic cars seized by the DSS on July 12, as well as her bail from continued detention.

Yaro, who is the second defendant in the N6.9 billion procurement fraud case involving the suspended CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, was unable to attend the trial on Thursday, causing a delay in the proceedings.

However, in a motion on notice marked FCT/HC/CV/6918/23, Yaro, represented by her lawyer J.B Daudu SAN, urged the court to declare her arrest on July 12, 2023, and the subsequent detention of her husband, along with the seizure of her six exotic cars, as a violation of her fundamental human rights.

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Daudu argued that the Department of State Services, being an entity that lacks the status of an anti-graft agency, lacks the jurisdiction and statutory authority to investigate the business dealings of Yaro. He further contended that the continuous detention and alleged torture of Yaro by the DSS since July 12, 2023, infringes upon her Right to Dignity of Human Person and Right to Personal Liberty, both of which are guaranteed by Sections 34 and 35 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This decision by the Federal Capital Territory High Court marks a significant development in the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding the N6.9 billion procurement fraud case and raises important questions about the extent of authority and jurisdiction of various governmental agencies in Nigeria.

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