Protests erupt in Abuja over terrorism charge against CBN governor, Emefiele

Following the revelation of an alleged lawsuit filed by the Department of State Service (DSS) accusing the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, of funding terrorism as well as other crimes it defined as economic crimes of a national security dimension, there have been widespread demonstrations in Abuja.

The protesters, who included representatives from the Buhari Legacy Defenders, Arewa Youth Consultative Movement, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Youth Movement, African Centre for Justice and Human Rights, Ethnic Youth Leaders, Political Parties Chairmen Forum, and Lawyers in Defense of Economic Rights and Justice, marched to the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), where they filed a petition opposing the DSS’s action and demanded the dismissal of the DG, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

They also submitted similar letters to the offices of the President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and Inspector General of Police (IGP), among others.

The groups, which rose from a press conference before they embarked on the march, alleged that the DSS embarked on this plot to remove the CBN governor for political and pecuniary reasons.

The protesters further claimed that this plot to label Emefiele a terrorist was to undermine the president and usurp his powers to hire, fire, and remove Emefiele.



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