DSS Arrests Suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

Emefiele and DSS

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria News Desk reports.

Emefiele’s arrest is coming same day, Friday the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, suspended him from office with immediate effect and directs the deputy governor operations to act instead.

It was earlier reported that Emefiele was suspended “sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy” according to a release by Willie Bassey, the Director, Information, for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume.

“Mr Emefiele has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of investigation and the reforms,” the release further said.

DSS had earlier attempted to arrest Emefiele, but the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, shielded him by providing soldiers to guard his residence and office as reported by Felix Omoko Blog.

The DSS had said, it intensified its investigations in order to arrest and prosecute Emefiele, on allegations of terrorism financing and fraud.

Also, in January it was reported by FOB News how Irabor meddled in the DSS investigation by providing cover for Emefiele, who returned to the country at that time from the United Kingdom and evaded arrest.

The CBN governor had headed to his office with massive security, specifically military protection, following his return to the country.

A senior DSS operative had recounted how the soldiers provided by the CDS countermanded the DSS officials who went to arrest Emefiele at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Had we not stood down our officers, there could have been a shootout between our men and the soldiers who had cordoned off the area when the plane landed and escorted the CBN governor to his residence,” he had said. 

Sahara Reporters.