As the bank’s embattled governor, Godwin Emefiele, returned to work on Monday after taking a questionable leave of absence, there was confusion at the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Abuja offices. Emefiele has been out of the country for several weeks due to concerns that SSS agents, looking into several claims against him, including allegations of corruption and funding for terrorism, will detain him.
According to reports, the State Security Service (SSS) personnel raided the CBN offices on Monday afternoon. It took control of the governor of the top bank, who is currently under fire. According to the online newspaper Daily Nigerian, the SSS agents arrived in roughly 20 vehicles. Armed soldiers accompanied them. Additionally, the operatives reportedly prevented bank employees from entering Mr. Emefiele’s office.
The reports, however, were deemed “false and misleading” by the secret police, according to a statement issued by Peter Afunnaya, the SSS spokesperson. In the meantime, the top bank announced that Mr. Emefiele returned to work on Monday following his yearly leave. Osita Nwanisobi, the spokeswoman for the central bank, said in the statement that Mr. Emefiele had resumed his duties in advance of the first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year, which was planned for January 23–24.