DSS denies invading Emefiele’s office at CBN

Our repoter/ The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday described reports that its operatives invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to arrest Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor, as “fake news”.

Several online reports earlier in the day said the DSS stormed the CBN headquarters to arrest Emefiele over allegations of terrorism financing.

However, the secret police in a statement issued by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya debunked the reports.

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the false news making the round that its operatives invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria and arrested its Governor, today 16/1/23. This is fake news and quite misleading,” the statement reads.

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Emefiele’s returned to Nigeria over the weekend after a prolonged annual vacation abroad.

During his time away, there had been concerns over his whereabouts, especially after reports that the DSS had approached a federal high court in Abuja seeking a warrant to arrest him over alleged terrorism financing.

In declining the ex parte motion to arrest the CBN boss, John Tsoho, the chief judge, said the DSS did not provide concrete evidence to substantiate its claims.

Also, a federal capital territory (FCT) high court sitting in Maitama later issued an order restraining the DSS from arresting the CBN governor.

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