The State Security Services(SSS) has charged suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to court.

The SSS said on Thursday that the arraignment was in compliance with a court order.

Spokesperson for the agency, Peter Afunanya, on Thursday said in statement that Mr Emefiele was arrested on the grounds of fresh criminal allegations despite an earlier restraining order by the court.

A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, had ordered the SSS to charge Emefiele to court or release him from his detention, which has lasted for weeks.

Mr Afunanya’s statement was released hours after the court ordered his release.

The statement also did not provide details of the charges against Mr Emefiele or the court where he was charged.

“Sequel to an Abuja High Court Order of today, 13th July 2023, the Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed that Mr Godwin Emefiele has been charged to court in compliance with the Order,” Mr Afunanya said in the statement.

“In a statement, the Force public relations officer Peter Afunaya, recalls that the Service had, in 2022, applied for a Court Order to detain him in respect of a criminal investigation.

“The statement notes that though Emefiele obtained a restraining order from an FCT High Court, the Service, however, arrested him in June 2023 on the strength of suspected fresh criminal infractions/information, one of which forms the basis for his current prosecution.

“The Service assures the public of professionalism, justice and fairness in handling this matter and indeed the discharge of its duties within the confines of the law.”

Last December, the SSS approached the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to arrest Mr Emefiele.

But Chief Judge, John Tsoho, who presided over the court, refused to grant the request, stating insufficient information to justify issuing an arrest order against Mr Emefiele

The SSS accused Mr Emefiele of financing the activities of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and engaging in acts that undermined the Nigerian economy, along with other offences.

Mr Emefiele was later arrested at his residence in Lagos on 10 June. He was then taken to the headquarters of the secret police, where he is currently believed to be undergoing questioning.

The SSS had previously accused the suspended CBN governor of terrorism financing, but no formal charges were filed against him.

His arrest took place one day after President Bola Tinubu suspended him from office.

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