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Emefiele Holds Emergency Meeting With AGF Malami, SGF Mustapha As CBN Boss Mulls Resignation

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele has met with top government officials at the CBN’s headquarters.

Emefiele met with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Gida Mustapha and other government officials in Abuja.

A senior official at the meeting told newsmen that the emergency meeting was connected with an attempt to force Emefiele to resign from office and negotiate his way out of being arrested by the Department of Security Service (DSS).

Sources in CBN and the presidency confirmed Emefiele’s return to Nigeria to Premium Times.

The CBN Governor has been out of the country over fear that operatives of the DSS would arrest him.

A source in the presidency that spoke with the platform disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari gave Emefiele permission for two weeks of leave which expired Tuesday.

Recall that DSS in December sought a court order to arrest Emefiele at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

DSS in the application wanted the court to order the arrest of the CBN governor over alleged “acts of financing terrorism, fraudulent activities and economic crimes of national security dimension.”

The DSS filed the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 at the court on 7 December 2022. Emefiele was the sole defendant in the suit which was filed ‘ex parte’.

The presiding judge, John Tsoho on the 9th of December, rejected the application on the grounds that the secret police failed to provide sufficient evidence to warrant the issuance of an arrest warrant against Mr Emefiele.

The judge said the depositions in the affidavit filed by the SSS in support of its application “purport that preliminary investigation has revealed various acts of terrorism financing, fraudulent activities perpetrated by the respondent and his involvement in economic crimes of national security dimension.”

In rejecting the application, the judge said: “These are no doubt grave allegations, but which the applicant has not presented any concrete evidence to support.”

Tsoho also accused the SSS of deceit, saying the secret police failed to indicate that ‘Godwin Emefiele’, against whom the order was sought, was the same as the CBN governor.

He added, “The respondent in this application is named as ‘Godwin Emefiele’ without disclosure of his status or position anywhere; not even in the affidavit.”

Tsoho ruled that considering the sensitive position held by Emefiele, the permission of Buhari ought to have been sought before the CBN Governor is arrested.

He stated, “It is left to speculation if the ‘Godwin Emefiele’ is the same person as the serving Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. If it is, then he is unarguably a high-ranking public official in Nigeria and indeed occupies a sensitive position as one of the key drivers of the nation’s economy.

“Therefore, an application of this kind should have evidence of the approval of the respondent’s boss, that such measures are authorised to be taken.”

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