DSS Plans to Arrest CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele Despite Court Rejection
28. Dezember 2022
• The Nigerian security agency, the Department of State Services (DSS), has reportedly instructed its operatives to arrest the Central Bank of Nigeria governor Godwin Emefiele as soon as he is seen in public.
• Despite losing its bid to have a Nigerian court sanction the arrest, the DSS is still seeking to apprehend the CBN governor.
• The DSS‘ unconfirmed plan to arrest Emefiele reportedly came a few weeks after a Nigerian High Court judge, John Tsoho, turned down the security agency’s bid to have the CBN governor arrested.
The Nigerian security agency, the Department of State Services (DSS), is said to be seeking to arrest the Central Bank of Nigeria governor Godwin Emefiele as soon as he is seen in public. The DSS is reportedly still pursuing its plan to apprehend the CBN governor despite losing its bid to have a Nigerian court sanction the arrest.
This comes after a Nigerian High Court judge, John Tsoho, rejected the security agency’s attempt to have the CBN governor arrested. In his judgment, the judge reportedly slammed the DSS for attempting to use a deceptive lawsuit “to deprive a person [Emefiele] of his liberty.” It is alleged that the DSS is accusing the CBN governor of funding terrorists.
The rumors suggesting that the DSS still wants to arrest the official have reportedly forced Emefiele to avoid public gatherings including a scheduled appearance before Nigerian legislators. The DSS‘ unconfirmed plan to arrest him is said to have come a few weeks after the court ruling.
Insiders said the security agency has instructed its operatives to arrest Emefiele „on sight.“ Additionally, the agency is said to be monitoring movements at the CBN headquarters and at the Emefiele family residence in Lagos.
Opponents of the CBN’s cashless policy are reportedly pushing for Emefiele’s removal from office. It has been suggested that the DSS wants to use the allegations against the CBN governor to further its agenda.
Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the failed arrest of Emefiele continues to hog the limelight. While the DSS continues to pursue its plan to apprehend the CBN governor, it remains to be seen what implications this will have for the Nigerian economy and the future of the country as a whole.