The Department of State Services announced that Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been charged.
On Thursday, an Abuja High Court ordered the DSS to either release Emefiele or file criminal charges against him.
In a statement released by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the DSS explained that it had sought a court order to detain Emefiele in 2022, but that he obtained an injunction preventing his arrest.
Afunanya explained that the suspended governor of the CBN was detained for “criminal infractions” for which he was being prosecuted.
The statement stated, “The Department of State Services confirms that Mr. Godwin Emefiele has been charged in accordance with the Order.”
"The public may recall that the Service sought a court order to confine him in 2022 in connection with a criminal investigation. Despite obtaining a restraining order from a High Court of the FCT, the Service apprehended him in June 2023. This was due to suspected new criminal offenses and/or information, one of which is the basis for his current prosecution.
“The Service assures the public of its professionalism, fairness, and adherence to the law in handling this matter and in carrying out its responsibilities within the confines of the law.”