Buhari Granted CBN Gov Emefiele Study Leave to “Flee Nigeria Before Tinubu’s Inauguration”? Presidency Reacts

vincity May 14, 2023
Updated 2023/05/14 at 3:20 PM

Emefiele’s study leave approval unknown to us, says presidency

The presidency said it’s unaware President Buhari granted CBN governor study leave ahead of Tinubu’s inauguration.

The Presidency has outrightly denied knowledge of a report claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari has granted the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, study leave, 

The report alleged that the study leave was a ploy to allow Emefiele to flee the country before Buhari left office following the allegations of corruption and terrorism financing, with claims that he worked against the presidential bid of Bola Tinubu, who is expected to be sworn in as president on May 29.

In the news sometime ago, it was said that the Department of State Services (DSS) attempted to arrest and detain Emefiele in the past over the allegations of terrorism financing against him.

And The purported study leave comes amid corruption and terrorism-financing allegations against the CBN governor as alleged. Speculating that the CBN governor may face hard times when Tinubu is sworn in on May 29.

Following a report published by Sahara Reporters Who exclusively reported how the DSS accused Emefiele of sabotaging the economy, financing terrorism and committing other economic crimes.

Top government sources shared with SaharaReporters how the investigation linked Emefiele to a well-known terror financier, whom the apex bank governor had sent funds for onward transfer to controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi.

Gumi is known for hobnobbing with terrorists and bandits and advocating that amnesty should be granted to them.

In 2022, one of Gumi’s associates, Tukur Mamu, was arrested and detained by Interpol at Cairo International Airport in Egypt while awaiting a connecting flight to Saudi Arabia. Upon his return to Nigeria, he was arrested by the DSS over allegations that he was heading to Saudi Arabia to meet with some international terrorists.

Meanwhile, the secret police said their preliminary investigation revealed various acts of terrorism financing, fraudulent activities perpetrated by Emefiele and his involvement in economic crimes of national security dimension including mismanaging the CBN subsidiary, NISRAL, and the central bank’s Anchor Borrowers Programme.

The secret police also accused Emefiele of “fraud, money laundering, round tripping and conferment of financial benefit to self and others.”

The agency sought a court warrant to arrest the CBN governor but Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, refused to grant the application, citing an irregularity in the procedure adopted by the DSS in its application.

In court documents obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, the DSS in its application filed as an ex parte motion, sought court permission to detain Emefiele for 60 days to conclude an ongoing investigation into his alleged crimes.

The application was reportedly supported by an affidavit deposed to by a DSS official, Umar Salihu, who summarised the details of the investigations into the weighty crimes Emefiele allegedly committed.

The documents revealed that Emefiele had been funding “unknown gunmen” terrorising Southeast Nigeria.  The report claims the study leave would give the CBN governor the opportunity to flee the country before BUHARI  leaves office as president on May 29. Sahara Reporters  Further alleged that the DSS is not happy about the atempt of  seing the CBN governor evade justice.

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