CSOs give CBN Governor, Emefiele 72 hours to resign

CITIZENS COMPASS CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs), on Friday, demanded the immediate resignation of Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), over alleged terrorism financing, saying this poses a security threat to the country.

Among the civil society organisations were National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Coalition of Youth Groups in Nigeria, Citizens Network Against Corruption and Terrorism Financing and 27 others have

Their demands came amid moves by the Department of State Service (DSS) to arrest the CBN governor over alleged terrorism financing.

The CSOs in a press statement issued in Abuja on Friday, accused Emefiele of trying to blackmail the DSS.

The statement was jointly signed by their coordinators, Comrade Solomon Adodo, NYCN; Comrade Okpanachi Jacob, Civil Society Advocacy Groups for Accountability and Probity; Comrade Balarabe Musa, Citizens Network Against Corruption and Terrorism Financing; Mallam Suleiman Musa, executive secretary, Empowerment for Unemployed Youths Initiative; Chief Igwe Ude-umanta.

Others are Nigerian Youth Centre for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development; Comrade Gbolahan Adeyemi, Association of Artisans and Informal Workers; Chukwudi Oluoha Esq.; Coalition for Transparency and Accountability and Dr. Friday Onuh, Independent Security Monitoring and Assessment Team.

The coalition urged Emefiele to step down within 72 hours or or should be sacked.

An Abuja high court had earlier in the week refused to give the secret police a warrant to arrest Emefiele, arguing that only President Muhammadu Buhari could authorise such arrest.

Meanwhile, the CBN governor has not been seen in public since the saga began, and on Thursday, the apex bank said he had traveled out of the country for medical attention.

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