CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele Allegedly Returns to Nigeria Secretly Amid DSS Arrest Scare

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria quietly returned to Nigeria on Wednesday, December 11, 2023, Premium Times said, quoting top sources at the Presidency and the CBN.

The CBN boss has been out of Nigeria for several weeks after operatives of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) sought a court order to arrest him over allegations of corruption and terrorism financing.

Emefiele got Buhari's approval to travel

According to Premium Times, a source in the Presidency said Emefiele obtained President Muhammadu Buhari’s permission for two weeks before leaving the country. The permission allegedly expired on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Other sources said the CBN helmsman is planning to leave the country again over fears he might be arrested by the DSS if they eventually obtain a court order for his arrest. The Punch reports that the DSS filed the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 at the court on 7 December 2022. Mr Emefiele was the sole defendant in the suit which was filed ‘ex parte’, meaning Mr Emefiele was not notified of the suit.

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