The Department of Security Services (DSS) has finally charged Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to court.
The development comes after an Abuja High Court on Thursday, July 13, ordered the DSS to charge Emefiele to court within one week if they have criminal allegations against him or get him released.
In a statement on Thursday, Peter Afunanya, spokesperson of the DSS, said the decision to charge Emefiele was in compliance with the court order.
The statement reads, “Sequel to an Abuja high court order of today, 13th July 2023, the Department of State Services (DSS) hereby confirms that Mr Godwin Emefiele has been charged to court in compliance with the Order.”
“The public may recall that the service had, in 2022, applied for a court order to detain him in respect of a criminal investigation.
“Though he obtained a restraining order from an FCT High Court, the Service, however, arrested him in June 2023, on the strength of suspected fresh criminal infractions/information, one of which forms the basis for his current prosecution.”
“The Service assures the public of professionalism, justice and fairness in handling this matter and indeed the discharge of its duties within the confines of the law.”
Recall that President Bola Tinubu on June 9, suspended Emefiele and asked him to transfer his responsibilities to Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi, deputy governor, operations directorate.
One day later, the DSS announced that Emefiele was in its custody for “some investigative reasons.”
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.