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Emefiele returns, resumes duty amid DSS probe

The embattled Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, has resumed duty after his annual leave abroad.

This was confirmed by the Director, Public Relations, Osita Nwanisobi, in a statement on Monday, January 16, 2023.

This follows reports that operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, stormed CBN Monday morning and took over the Governor’s office.

The statement read; “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 today, Monday, January 16, 2023.

“The governor resumed with renewed vigour to perform his duty ahead of the first Monetary Policy Committee 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.”

CorrectNG reported earlier that Emefiele will not be able to appear before the House of Representatives because of health challenges.

The apex bank in a letter to the House on Wednesday, said that in Emefiele’s stead, Deputy Governor, Aisha Ahmad, will lead a team of high-ranking official to brief the House during plenary on Thursday.

“Regrettably, the governor is out of the country on an official engagement, as well as attending to some health challenges. He is, therefore, unavailable to attend the briefing given the urgency associated with the briefing, a committee of governors led by Aisha Ahmad, deputy governor of financial system stability, is prepared to brief the House,” the letter reads.

He was originally supposed to brief the lawmakers on December 15, but CBN wrote through deputy governor, corporate services, Edward Adamu, that Emefiele was out of the country.

But Gbajabiamila appealed to his colleagues to put aside “sentiment” since the issue at stake is critical.

He said; “At this stage, while I understand the sentiment, we have to rise above certain things and not make it personal anymore, in the sense that there is a very critical issue which is the issue of this cash policy”.

He added that if the CBN governor is out of the country and attending to his health, it shouldn’t be insisted that he appear in person before the lawmakers.

Gbajabiamila said it will not serve the interest of the house and country to wait till Emefiele returns to the country which could be in January because “a lot would have happened by then”.

“But if he has asked somebody who is fully equipped with all the facts who can be questioned by the house, who is a deputy governor, financial system and stability, which is what this is about, I think we should hear from her,” he said.

Emefiele was first summoned by the lower chamber on 8th of December, over the apex bank’s new cash withdrawal policy.

The house had also asked the CBN to suspend the policy scheduled to take effect on January 9, 2023.