Just In: DSS Storms CBN HQ

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CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

Operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) have reportedly invaded the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), cordoning off the office of the embattled governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele.

“Sources say the invasion happened on Monday afternoon,” according to a Daily Sun breaking news flash.

“It was learnt that there has been a running battle between the DSS and Emefiele over alleged terrorism financing against the latter,” the report says.

Emefiele had reportedly returned to the country last Wednesday, amidst speculations that he would be arrested by DSS. He had left the country for several weeks following the investigation of several allegations against him, including corruption and terrorism financing.

Recall that the DSS had quietly sought a court order to arrest Mr Emefiele but the Federal High Court, Abuja rejected their request.

In the application, the DSS 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.”

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’, meaning Mr Emefiele was not notified of the suit.

A recent report by PREMIUM TIMES online newspaper quoted a source as disclosing that Emefiele got the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari for two weeks leave which expired Tuesday.

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