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Emefiele resumes office after vacation abroad

The Director of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi confirmed in a statement that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele on Monday, resumed duty after his annual vacation abroad.

The statement reads “The apex bank governor resumed with renewed vigor to perform his duty ahead of the first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year scheduled for January 23 to 24, 2023″.

“Mr. Emefiele remains committed to performing the task before him in line with his oath of office and the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari.” “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the false news making the rounds that its operatives invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria and arrested its Governor, on Monday January 16 2023.

 This is fake news and quite misleading,” DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya said in a statement.

The secret police had approached an Abuja court to arrest Emefiele over alleged terrorism financing and economic crimes of national security but Justice Maryam Hassan of the Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja quashed the move by the DSS.

The judge thereafter barred the DSS from arresting, inviting, detaining, Emefiele declaring the terrorism allegations against the CBN governor by the DSS as vindictive, callous, oppressive, void, and of no effect.

Some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) had urged the secret police to obey the court order to stop the secret police from arresting the national bank chief. However, a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) said the DSS does not need a court order to arrest the CBN governor if the Service has concrete evidence against him.

Falana also described as embarrassing the allegations against Emefiele by the DSS, saying this can only happen in a Banana Republic where the governor of the apex bank would be accused of a grave offense of terrorism financing.

Falana stressed that the allegation of terrorism financing against Emefiele should not be dismissed.

Writing by Fany Olumoye, Editing by Tersoo Nicholas