‘Currently’, Emefiele not in our custody, says DSS

Godwin Emefiele

Moments after his suspension was made public on Friday evening, news of arrest of the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, 
went viral.

However, the Department of State Services (DSS) has denied the widespread claims that the suspended CBN Governor is in its custody.

In response to the reports, DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya on Saturday said in a terse statement, “Currently, Emefiele is not with the DSS.”

The Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Willie Bassey in a statement on Friday, announced Emefiele’s suspension.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, CFR, from office with immediate effect. This is a sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy,” the statement said.

“Mr Emefiele has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate) [Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi], who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of the investigation and the reforms.”

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