In a surprising turn of events, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) apprehended the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
The arrest came just under an hour after Emefiele had been released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Thursday night.
According to sources, Emefiele is currently under intense interrogation at the National Headquarters of EFCC, situated in Jabi, Abuja, following allegations of impropriety during his tenure as the head of the apex bank.
The source confirmed that the EFCC is investigating Emefiele for alleged misappropriation of funds and various other misconduct during his tenure as the Central Bank Governor.
The source stated, “Yes, Emefiele is currently in our (EFCC) custody; he was arrested last night, less than an hour after the DSS freed him. He’s currently being interrogated at the Headquarters, as he’s being investigated for alleged misappropriation of funds amongst other things during his term as CBN governor.” This development has raised significant concerns about the alleged mismanagement of financial resources and potential wrongdoing during Emefiele’s time at the helm of the Central Bank.
This recent arrest follows a series of events that began in June when Emefiele was initially apprehended by the Department of State Services (DSS) on the same day that President Bola Tinubu suspended him from office with immediate effect. At that time, the Presidency cited the “ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy” as the reasons for Emefiele’s suspension.
Now, with his arrest by the EFCC, it appears that fresh charges may be filed against the former Central Bank Governor. The unfolding situation raises questions about the extent of the alleged financial impropriety and its potential impact on the country’s financial sector and political landscape. The public awaits further information as this investigation progresses.