Emefiele: DSS operatives find 18 sacks stuffed with money in Lagos residence


Photo: Emefiele, DSS operatives 

Emefiele: DSS operatives find 18 sacks stuffed with money in Lagos residence

Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have recovered no fewer than 18 ‘Ghana-must-go’ bags stuffed with  money suspected to be hard currency, as well as some documents at the residence of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

It was gathered that the money and the documents were carted away from the residence on Friday afternoon after about a day-long search of the property.

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Emefiele, who was arrested June 10 by the DSS, has spent about nine days in the custody of the agency.

The former CBN boss may spend a longer time in DSS custody as investigation into his activities while in charge of the apex bank is far from being concluded.

The DSS had on Thursday, secured a court order to detain the ex-CBN chief for three weeks but a source said that he might be held for a longer time.

Emefiele was said to have been moved from the DSS custody in Abuja on Thursday and flown to Lagos where his house was searched by DSS operatives.

Upon conclusion of the search, about 18 ‘Ghana-must-go bags’ containing currency and documents were said to have been taken away the following day [Friday].

Emefiele was flown back to Abuja on Friday afternoon with the bags and investigators have since resumed quizzing, especially about the findings.

It was gathered that the secret police has also launched a manhunt for Emefiele’s personal assistant (names withheld) in connection with the revelations from the ongoing investigation.

“DSS took Emefiele to his house in Lagos on Thursday and returned him to Abuja on Friday afternoon.

“His house was searched. They took away about 18 big Ghana-must-go bags containing money and documents from the house.

“His personal assistant is on the run. DSS is on a manhunt for him. He is the key to unlock Emefiele’s assets and wealth stashed away within and outside the country,” the source said.

Periscope International recalls that President Bola Tinubu, on June 9, suspended Emefiele as CBN governor and ordered his probe, following which he was arrested by the DSS for investigation. 

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