There are several reasons adduced to the plan of the Department of State Security to arrest CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele
The DSS had sought the permission of an Abuja High court to arrest Emefiele, which the court declined
Many have said the travails of Emefiele are politically motivated due to his recent policies at CBN
On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, reports were rife that the Department of State Security Services (DSS) was after the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
The DSS had filed a case in an Abuja High Court to permit it to arrest the CBN boss on charges the DSS said are of paramount importance to national security.
Court rejects DSS request to arrest Emefiele
In the suit with reference number FHC/Abj/CS/2255/2022, the DSS alleged that the CBN helmsperson is involved in terrorism financing, fraudulent activities and economic crimes of national importance.
The court stuck out the case for lacking substantial evidence against the CBN boss.
According to the court presided over by Justice J.T. Tsoho, the DSS did not provide enough evidence to show that Emefiele was involved in terrorism finance, economic crimes and fraudulent activities.
Reports say Justice Tsoho refused the DSS request and said the DSS could go ahead with the arrest of Emefiele without a court order if it has sufficient evidence.
The court said that the agency should notify the respondent if it wants to go ahead with the arrest.
The court said the arrest of Emefiele would have a national consequence of great importance.
The court also allegedly frowned on the DSS application without presidential approval considering the sensitive nature of the issue to the Nigerian economy.