The Department of State Services (DSS) has announced that the suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele has been charged to court.
The Federal High Court had earlier ordered the DSS to either arraign or release suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, from its custody. The service had in 2022 applied for a court order to detain Emefiele to carry out criminal investigations.
The DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya on Thursday, July 13, confirmed Emefiele’s arraignment but did not give full details of the charges levelled against him.
Afunanya said in a statement;
“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”.
Recall that Emefiele was suspended by president Bola Ahmed Tinubu last month, following the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the economy’s financial sector.
Emefiele after the suspension immediately handed over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), Folashodun Shonubi, who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of the investigation and the reforms.
The suspended CBN governor assumed office in 2014, he succeeded Lamido Sanusi, who was also suspended from office under the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, few months before the expiration of his tenure.