Massive protests rocked Nigeria’s federal capital Abuja on Monday after it was revealed that the Department of State Security (DSS) had requested for a warrant to get the Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, arrested.
In an application marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2255/2022 at the court on 7 December, the secret police had sought an ex parte motion to arrest the Central bank governor for “acts of financing terrorism, fraudulent activities and economic crimes of national security dimension.”
Ruling on the motion, though, judge, John Tsoho, who is the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, faulted the DSS’s application. Although the judge agreed that the allegations against the embattled governor are very serious, he also noted that the DSS had not presented concrete evidence to back up its case against the governor.
Besides, he also noted that the DSS did not clarify which Godwin Emefiele was referenced in the case – whether it was the CBN governor or someone else.
While the attempt to get Emefiele arrested had provoked protests – or a semblance of it – in Abuja. the reaction on social media was somewhat mixed, as some tweeps hailed the attempt to arrest him because, according to them, he had made life unbearable for the poor.