Nigeria’s CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele is back in Nigeria after his weeks long vacation outside the country.
A press release from the CBN revealed Emefiele resumed duty on Monday, 16th of January 2023 as concerns mounted over his absence since the start of the year.
According to the press release signed by the CBN Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, “The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has resumed duty after his annual vacation abroad. Mr. Emefiele, who proceeded on leave in December 2022, resumed work today, Monday, January 16, 2023. The Governor resumed with renewed vigour to perform his duty ahead of the first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year scheduled for January 23 to 24, 2023.”
“Mr. Emefiele remains committed to performing the task before him in line with his oath of office and the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari. While thanking the public for keeping faith with the Bank, we urge Nigerians to continue to support the policies of the Bank aimed at ensuring a stable financial system and the Nigerian economy in general.”
Meanwhile, several online media reports (NewsBeatng not included) alleging that the CBN headquarters was raided by members of the department of state service has been denied.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Department of State Service ((DSS), the agency stated that the news was fake and “quite misleading”.
“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to the false news making the round that its operatives invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria and arrested its Governor, today 16/1/23. This is fake news and quite misleading.”
However, it was gathered that several consultations took place ahead of the governor’s return with some high-profile Nigerians wading it to avoid a possible confrontation.