The Department of State Service (DSS) has reportedly arrested Kingsley Obiora, the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in charge of economic policy.
Mr Obiora has now spent four nights in custody under questioning by the security service, which has been looking into allegations of financial mismanagement under Godwin Emefiele, the ousted governor.
Mr Emefiele, who was first appointed as CBN governor in June 2014, has been in SSS since June 10, 2023, a day after he was controversially removed from office by President Bola Tinubu.
While two federal judges have ordered Mr. Emefiele’s release, the DSS has continued to find other grounds to hold him in custody, often filing fresh charges to supersede earlier ones for which the top banker had been arraigned.
A source familiar with Mr Obiora’s arrest said he was being targeted as a principal witness against his boss, although The Gazette has asked other sources to corroborate this. Another top CBN official Abbas Masanawa was arrested recently and held in custody, as officials seek to determine the steepness of Mr Emefiele’s alleged corruption.