Inibehe Effiong: “Political vendetta” drove the arrest of Emefiele

Inibehe Effiong, a lawyer and social commentator, claims that the DSS is used politically by every president who lives in Aso Rock.

The secret police, he continued, are infamous for botching investigations and inflaming political tensions for no good reason.

Effiong, using his Twitter account on Saturday, said the DSS (also known as the State Security Service, SSS) should reconsider its involvement in cases since it is embarrassing.

His words came after news emerged that the Nigerian government had filed a charge against Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria’s suspended governor, before the Federal High Court, bordering on illegal possession of firearms.

The human rights attorney said it was absurd to hold Emefiele for a whole month before bringing up the issue of illegal possession of firearms.

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Also, “it seems the suspension and arrest of Emefiele were not prompted by any interest in holding him accountable for mismanagement of public resources,” he said.

Once again, the SSS has ignored the needs of the Nigerian people, he claimed in his article. The two-count allegation against Emefiele, the suspended governor of the CBN, has upset me.

The simple illegal possession of a firearm is a crime in the eyes of the law enforcement. Keeping Emefiele in jail for a month and coming up with this is ludicrous.

I’ve always said, and I still believe this to be true, that the SSS is fundamentally a political tool in the hands of every person who has ever lived in Aso Rock. They have a history of botching investigations and inflaming political tensions for no good reason. The SSS’s approach to investigations has to be reconsidered. It’s very humiliating.

Whether or not the Naira redesign policy was carried out correctly is irrelevant because it is not a crime. It appears that political vendettas, rather than concerns about Emefiele’s stewardship of public funds, motivated his suspension and subsequent incarceration.

Where are the criminal charges for funding terrorism?

How come Mr. Tinubu is handling things the way he is?

Because of his disrespect for the CBN’s regulatory processes and independence, many Nigerians favored Emefiele’s suspension. The CBN’s monetary policies were not up to our standards.

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But by the looks of things, the government seems to be after something else.

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