Why DSS Plot To Arrest And Detain Emefiefe Failed, Bichi Asked To Resign

By Suleiman Umaru

With barely six months to the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term in office, it appears things are no longer working out as usual among some members of his kitchen Cabinet.

  Yus Bichi, Director General, Department of State Security, DSS, according to security analysts,  may have seen Godwin Emefile , governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,as  standing on  his way may have concluded arrangement to arrest and detain through the Court process. 

Bichi: DG DSS

Acting on the instruction of the DSS Leadership,  one U.S. Gambarawa,  had on December  7, 2022,  filed an exparte motion  before a Federal High Court in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, ‘’seeking the Court’s order  to arrest and detain  the CBN governor  over alleged terrorism  financing  amongst others’’.

 Monday Ubani,  Chairman , Section of Public Interest  and Development, SPDEL,  of the Nigerian Bar Associaton , NBA, had reechoed the DSS allegations  against the CBN, governor  that he was involved  in terrorism financing  and economic crimes, describing it as’ ‘fraudulent’’ when he appeared on Channels Television  on Tuesday, December, 20, 2022.

He had said that the DSS, Director General who may have  taken advantage of the fact  that the name of the person accused of sponsoring the terrorism Organisations operations in Nigeria was given simply as Godwin Emefiele, as deposited  by the DSS Lawyer in Court to go after him.

 Justice John Tosho, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court , in the FCT, who could not go with the argument put forward by the DSS, legal team, to give the  nod to the agency to arrest and detain the CBN, governor in his ruling had said  that  that ‘’the name  of the respondent  to the case was  given simply as Godwin Emefiele  without a material disclosure  that he  is the same  person as the CBN governor’’, thus frustrating their plan.

This may have informed why Ubani, Chairman, SFDEL, NBA,   had seen the move   as another Walter Onnoghen, the former Chief Jutice of Nigeria, CJN, case in 2019 The then CJN, who is from the south south state of Cross river, was arrested and detained on accounts of false declaration of Assets and banned from holding public office for the next 10 years. Emefiele is also from the south- south region, presicely Delta, home state of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, the Opposition People’s Democratic Party Vice Presidential Candidate for the 2023, general elections and slated for humiliation.  

question on the lips of most people was that over the last seven years, Emefiele had remained in the good book of the power brokers in the ruling All Progressive government  ministering to their needs as the CBN ,governor and there were allegations at any time  that he was involved in financing terrorism.

He was consistently commended for trying to block avenues through which the terrorists Organisations, the Islamic Fundamentalist Group , BokoHaram , the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP and Bandits Group are usually  getting funds both locally and overseas.

 The planned attempt by the DSS, has continued to elicit react from several quarters.John Joseph Hayab,  a Clergy man and  Chairman Kaduna  state Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, who could not hide his feelings had said that that if the agency had succeed in their plan to arrest and  detain Emefiele, the CBN governor, the  country would have been thrown into an imaginable   confusion which may have  derailed the 2023 general elections.  

Emefiele: Threatened By DSS

Many believe  that Emefiele may have stepped on toes with the redesigning of the N200, N500 and N1000 Notes, which was approved by the Katsina state born Nigerian President last October and the recent weekly withdrawal Limits introduced   for Individuals and Organisations in Banks and Point of Sale, POS, by the apex bank which becomes effective on January 9, 2023.

    It was reported that since the announcement of the naira design   policY, the DSS, under the Leadership of Bichi has been making ‘ ‘enquiries  from the CBN,  over the process of the currency printing  and minting’’  among others,  which the apex bank officials did not find funny. The officials were said to have   resisted such pressures from the DSS. The resistance, according to informed sources may have infuriated DSS Leadership   that may have led to the doubling down  and the decision to approach the Court  in order to arrest and detain him and which may eventually lead to his removal from office.

The argument in political circles  was that  the new Financial policies  introduced  by the CBN, under the close watch of Emefiele  have disrupted  political parties  vote, in some parties ,particular, in Vote buying  strategies. This may hay have led  to the fight back  to circumvent  the apex bank  newly introduced policies but Emefiele has refused to cave in.

The Leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, may have hit the nail on the head when they stated from the onset that the CBN, introduced the two new far reaching monetary policies, ‘‘money Launderers, political bandits, foreign currency exchangers drug and narcotic traders who were against the CBN cashless policy and the redesigning of the bank Notes were determined to use their contacts in government establishments to fight back.

Security experts see the DSS  plot to arrest Emefiele as an unpopular decision  that may hunt  the ruling APC  in the upcoming elections   as Human Rights Lawyers, Chairmen of some  political Parties, Civil Socirty Organisations, Ethnic Youth Leaders and  Arewa Youth Consultative Forum,  acting under the auspices of  Coalition  of National Interest Defenders, CNID,  have thrown their weight behind the CBN , governor, who had claimed that friends  raised N100 million to pick the party Intent of Interest and Nomination Form to contest the its Presidenial primaries for the 2023 general elections to take over from Buhari as the next Nigerian President and Commander –InChief, C-In-C, after the 2023, general elections.

 The DSS, according to critics may not have seen anything wrong with this to  investigate to find out  who  are these CBN governors who could cough out N100million to buy APC Presidential Nomination  Form   buto implicate him now  for funding  terrorism’’.    

The table may have turned against the DSS Director General  as Nigerians are calling for his removal from his exalted position. The Arewa Youth Asembly , AYA,  had been very vocal on this.  The Group had called on the Nigerian President   to sack  Bichi, the  DSS boss,  over attempts by the agency  to arrest and detain  the governor of CBN, Emefiele.

  Ali Muhammed, Secretary General ,AYA,  was emphatic on this.   He has asked Buhari, on behalf of the Group to urgently sack   the DSS Director General ‘ ‘to pave way for more Competent Nigerian s to fight  against the country’s security’’.

The Group was said to have accused the DSS boss of ‘‘sharing his loyalty with another person different from  the President’’.  He noted that since the plans to arrest and detain Emefiele by the DSS has failed and Bichi, the Director General,  believes that he still has ‘’ ‘any iota of patriotism left in him he ought to have resigned his appointment’’.

 He averred that the DSS Leadership has no reason to fight the CBN governor for introducing the new policy meaures as  it was aimed  at’ ‘fighting  corruption,  banditry , terrorism and vote buying  in the 2023 general election’’. Given the tension in the polity over the planned arrest of Emefiele, the CBN , governor by the CBN, there have not not been any reaction from the Presidency , fueling speculations making the rounds that the Buhari may have been aware of the plan but refused to give approval.  

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