DSS Disclaims High Court Incident where Operatives Fight Prison Officials Over Emefiele's Custody

The Department of State Services has call for investigation of the incident that occured on 25th July 2023 at the Federal High Court Lagos, where DSS operatives goes physical with officials the Nigerian Correctional Service over the custody of CBN.

Recall that Godwin Emefiele, the suspended CBN governor was arraigned on 25th July at the Federal High Court, Lagos and was granted bail on two conditions; payment of N20 million and one surety.

But the DSS operatives said, they are taking Emefiele with them, which is against the constitutional provision for such one granted bail by the court.

Nigerians described their actions as political motivated, and therefore call for immediate review by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

The DSS statement through Peter Ifunanya, its Public Relation Officer reads in part;


The public will recall that Mr Godwin Emefiele, suspended CBN Governor, was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on 25th July, 2023. The Service has noted the incident that took place between its staff and those of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) and wish to state as follows:

i.  The incident was unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS;

ii.  The Service did not and would never encourage the incident under reference;

iii. The Service has tremendous respect for the Judiciary as an Arm and Institution of Government and will not go out of its way to undermine it. The DSS recognises the Judiciary as a critical component in nation building, national development and security management. Also, the Service has robust working relationship with sister Security and Law Enforcement agencies including the NCoS;

iv.  While noting that the personnel from both Agencies exhibited undue overzealousness, the Service has further initiated detailed investigations into the matter.

This is with a view to identifying the role played by specific persons as well as undertaking disciplinary actions if necessary and drawing some lessons going forward.

For emphasis, the DSS has not broken any laws in handling the Emefiele Case despite efforts by some elements to skew the narratives to the contrary. The Service had since alerted the public of sinister plots to discredit its leadership. In pursuit of its assignments, it will strive to remain professional, maintain ethical standards and high sense of discipline.

The Service will ensure that it will not be used for clout and fame chasing or delusional heroism. It will, however, remain focused on its national security mandate and, therefore, enjoin well-meaning Nigerians to support it in achieving the desired security goals for the nation.

It is imperative to note that we have no other country but Nigeria. We should join hands, with love and tolerance, to build it.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer,
Department of State Services,
National Headquarters,