The Cable has learned that the Department of State Services (DSS) was denied permission to arrest and detain Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), by an Abuja federal high court. The secret police did not provide any hard evidence to support its claims that Emefiele was involved in financing terrorism and committing economic crimes, according to Chief Justice JT Tsoho, who denied the motion ex parte that was filed by an applicant in the respondent’s absence.
The judge reportedly stated that if there was any proof to support the allegations, he should have been taken into confidence, according to sources at the high court who spoke to The Cable. The source told The Cable: “The honorable judge also questioned why the respondent’s name was given simply as “Godwin Emefiele” without a material disclosure that he is the same person as the CBN governor, a highly placed public official who holds a highly sensitive position.”
Due to the serious economic consequences of the CBN governor’s arrest and detention, the court ruled that such a request should have been accompanied by presidential approval. Since the redesign of the naira and the cap on cash withdrawals may have an effect on vote-buying in the 2023 elections, it has been suggested that the attempt to arrest Emefiele may have political motivations. The term “responsibility” refers to the act of determining whether or not a person is responsible for his or her own actions. A number of civil society organizations alerted authorities on Monday to a plot to depose Emefiele and accuse him of being a terrorist by falsely accusing him of being one.