Godwin Emefiele, the embattled Central Bank Governor, allegedly returned to the country on Wednesday, amid mounting speculation that he may be detained by the Department of State Service.
Emefiele has been out of the country for some weeks while an investigation into several claims against him, including corruption and terrorism financing, is underway.
Remember that the DSS quietly sought a court order to arrest Mr Emefiele, but the Federal High Court in Abuja denied them.
The DSS requested that the court arrest the CBN governor for alleged “acts of supporting terrorism, fraudulent operations, and economic crimes of national security nature.”
The DSS filed the FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 application with the court on December 7, 2022.
Mr Emefiele was the sole defendant in the suit which was filed ‘ex parte’, meaning Mr Emefiele was not notified of the suit.
According to a source that spoke with an online news platform, Premium Times, the CBN governor got the permission of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for two weeks of leave which expired Tuesday.
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“His holidays finished on Tuesday so he has to report to work on Wednesday,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the online news platform further reported that Mr Emefiele is planning to leave the country again very soon, afraid the secret police could eventually arrest him amidst the continuous power play at the Federal Government.
“He is trying to leave within the next few days on the pretence of attending the annual World Economic Forum,” their source said.
However, attempts to reach out to the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and the spokesperson for the Central Bank of Nigeria, Osita Nwanisobi, for comments were abortive as of press time on Thursday afternoon.
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