DSS confirms the Suspended CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele’s arrest
The Department of State Services (DSS) has finally confirmed that suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele is in its custody.
The secret police arrested Emefiele after he was removed from his position of leadership.
However, the agency tweeted that the head of the bank was not in its custody, drawing mixed reactions.
Peter Afunanya, spokesman for the agency, confirmed on Saturday that Emefiele is in custody in a statement.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby confirms that the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, is currently in its custody for investigative purposes.”
“The public, especially the Media, is urged to exercise extreme caution in their reporting and narratives on this matter.”
Emefiele was suspended for a variety of reasons, including his recent role in the naira swap and cashless policy that nearly derailed the conduct of the 2023 general elections, according to credible sources within the presidency and the intelligence community.
Tinubu had, during the height of electioneering, asserted that the naira policy was aimed at him and that he would win the election regardless of official sabotage.
Neither the suspended CBN governor nor Isa Abdulmumin, the official spokesman of the central bank, could be reached for comment.
Recall that Emefiele had denied wrongdoing on multiple occasions, insisting that he was fulfilling his legal responsibilities.
According to some of our sources, Emefiele should have been suspended well before former President Muhammadu Buhari’s departure, but he was not.
The sources stated that they were appalled by Buhari’s ‘I-don’t-care’ attitude towards the facts, figures, and irrefutable indicting documents presented to him by various agencies regarding the financial misdeeds of the suspended CBN governor.
It was learned that the DSS, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and numerous domestic and international financial regulatory agencies have grievances with the embattled Emefiele.
Friday night, Willie Bassey, the Director of Information, issued a statement on behalf of Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, announcing his suspension.
This was a result of the ongoing investigation into his office and the planned reforms to the financial sector, according to the statement.
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