Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari and the Department of State Services (DSS) over their failure to arrest the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
Sharing the picture of Emefiele and a screenshot of the court verdict in a two-post Twitter thread on Tuesday, Sowore expressed his disapproval at the DSS’ failure to get the CBN governor arrested and charged over his alleged financing of terrorism, among other crimes.
According to Sowore, the DSS could have arrested the governor and charged him for the crimes alleged in their affidavit.
“The @cenbank thieving Gov. @GodwinIEmefiele vs Lawless DSS court injunction drama shows how incompetence and lack of coordination by the shambolic and disgraceful @MBuhari regime has become. DSS approaching a high court to secure an order to arrest Emefiele without evidence.”
“when they could have arrested him anyways and charge him for the crimes alleged in their affidavit. The same lawless agency that went to Kenya to kidnap @MaziNnamdiKanu could not arrest @GodwinIEmefiele for terrorism related offences? now yesmen & rented-a-crowd are happy,” he wrote.
INLAND TOWN recalls that the Federal High Court in Abuja threw out a request by the State Security Services (SSS) to order the arrest of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, on 9 Decemeber.
The secret police had filed an ex parte application for an order for the arrest of the CBN governor over alleged “acts of financing terrorism, fraudulent activities and economic crimes of national security dimension.”
The SSS filed the application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 at the court on 7 December, suing the CBN governor as the sole respondent in the ex parte application.
But the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, John Tsoho, in a ruling rejected the application on the grounds that the secret police failed to provide sufficient evidence to warrant the issuance of an arrest warrant against Emefiele.
According to the judge, with or without a court order, the SSS had the power to arrest Emefiele based on reasonable suspicion, but that the agency’s lack of concrete evidence must have driven it to seek the court’s arrest warrant to serve as a cover for an irregular procedure.
Speaking at a press conference, Tochukwu Ohazuruike, the convener of the group referred to as the Coalition of National Interest Defenders, said the move against the CBN governor was a plot by politicians uncomfortable with the economic reform policy of the bank, especially the re-designation of the naira.
The coalition accused the spy agency of not informing President Buhari of its findings against the CBN governor.
Challenging the veracity of the secret service’s claims, the group said if truly the SSS had concrete issues, it would not have allowed the CBN governor to travel with President Buhari to the United States for the just concluded US-Africa Leaders Summit.