- CBN spokesman Osita Nwanisobi has responded to the widespread rumor on social media that Godwin Emefiele, the governor of Apex Bank, has been fired
- Nwanisobi and other CBN staff, who spoke anonymously, said they were unaware that Emefiele had been removed from office without the intervention of the National Assembly
FCT, Abuja – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says it is not aware that its Governor Godwin Emefiele has been sacked.
The Nation reported that CBN spokesman Osita Nwanisobi said he read the report of Emefiele’s alleged sacking in some media outlets like everyone else.
“I heard it too, like you heard it To be honest, I’m not aware of this development,” Nwanisobi is said to have said.
Emefiele’s alleged dismissal: Other CBN employees speak
Other CBN employees claimed also, they were not aware of Emefiele’s dismissal, as has been widely reported.
Another Apex Bank employee was quoted as saying that Emefiele is not currently in Nigeria.
“The Governor departed immediately after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) briefing to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland,” the staff said.
Despite the viral claim on social media that Emefiele was fired, sources at CBN and Presidential Villa, where the alleged firing would have come from any denied knowledge of the firing, reiterated The Nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also reported that according to online media reports, Nwanisiobi’s claim of Emefiele’s sacking is untrue.
NAN also confirmed that Emefiele is currently out of the country on an official mission.How to fire a CBN governor
Meanwhile, amid viral rumors on social media, Festus Ogun, a human rights lawyer, said President Muhammed Buhari would not fire Emefiele outright
Ogun said FIJ that while the president reserves the right to remove the CBN governor, he will not assume power without the consent of the National Assembly may exercise.
“The President appoints, but the appointment is subject to Senate approval. Even in the process of his removal, the dismissal must be approved by the National Assembly,” he said.
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Recall that the CBN Governor, in a lawsuit labeled FHC/ABJ/CS/610/2022, filed on May 5th
However, in court on Monday, May 23, S.T. Maliki, Emefiele’s lawyer, informed Ahmed Mohammed, the presiding judge, that the motion to withdraw the lawsuit was filed on Monday 16 May.