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Nigeria: Following weeks in detention, the suspended CBN governor is charged


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The secret police agency reported that the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria was accused following a month in custody following a court order that authorities take action against the guy or release him.

Godwin Emefiele was charged after being looked into for alleged “criminal infractions,” according to Peter Afunanya, spokesman for the Department of State Services, the secret police.

The accusations brought against Emefiele in the nation’s capital, Abuja, were not made explicit in Afunanya’s statement, though. In 2022, the police department had accused him with economic crimes and sponsoring terrorism, both of which carried lengthy prison sentences.

Bola Tinubu, the country’s new president, ordered Emefiele’s suspension shortly after taking office in June, citing an inquiry into his role as governor of the central bank and upcoming financial sector changes as the reason for the action.

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After being jailed for some time, Emefiele recently filed a lawsuit against the secret police on the grounds of his unlawful imprisonment and a violation of his human rights.

Earlier on Thursday, a high court in Abuja made a decision about the former governor of the central bank, ordering that he either face charges within a week or be released.

“In the absence of any charges against the applicant, his continuing imprisonment cannot be justified. The local judge stated that the applicant (Emefiele) should at the very least be released on administrative bail.

The length of Emefiele’s trial is unknown, but high-profile cases in Nigeria generally go on for several months.

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The covert police promised to handle the situation with expertise, justice, and fairness.

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