The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced the resumption of its governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The governor flew out of the country late last year amid reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) was plotting to arrest him for allegedly sponsoring terrorism.
The apex bank, in a statement on Monday evening, said the governor was back with renewed vigour.
“The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has resumed duty after his annual vacation abroad. Mr. Emefiele, who proceeded on leave in December 2022, resumed work today, Monday, January 16, 2023.”
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“The Governor resumed with renewed vigour to perform his duty ahead of the first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year scheduled for January 23 to 24, 2023.
“Mr. Emefiele remains committed to performing the task before him in line with his oath of office and the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“While thanking the public for keeping faith with the Bank, we urge Nigerians to continue to support the policies of the Bank aimed at ensuring a stable financial system and the Nigerian economy in general,” read the statement signed by Osita Nwanisobi, Director, Corporate Communications, CBN.
After failing to appear before the House of Representatives which summoned him over some policies of the bank, CBN had announced that the governor was out of the country.
Emefiele had returned to the country on Monday, and hours after his return, news started circulating that DSS had invaded the bank, seeking to arrest him, but the secret police denied this.
A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Maitama had restrained the DSS from arresting the CBN governor.
The restraining order was issued by M.A. Hassan, the presiding judge.