Mr Godwin Emefiele, suspended Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic party, Engr. Anslem Ijebor, has faulted the continued detention of a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and called on the federal government to urgently intervene in the matter.

The Department of State Services had arrested the former Apex Bank Boss following allegations of illegal possession of firearms, misappropriation of funds, among others.

Speaking to Journalists in Lafia on Friday, Ijebor who despite his party affiliation became an ally to Labour party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during the 2023 elections, said despite a court order directing the DSS to release Emefiele, he was still being held captive by the security agency.

He said, “Agencies of government should always live by example by obeying court orders. They should accord the citizens their legitimate right and stop making them second class citizens.

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“Our security agencies have constantly trampled on our justice system by mindlessly infringing on the fundamental rights of noble Nigerians.

“The action of the DSS to continue to keep Godwin Emefiele in detention is not only portraying the nation in bad light, but gradually affecting our democracy. They should obey the court order and release him as directed. So, I am calling on the federal government to urgently intervene in the matter.”

Speaking on the petroleum subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu, the PDP Chieftain who was a former House of Representatives aspirant in Edo state, said the action of the federal government was ill timed, adding that it had increased the sufferings of the citizens since it was implemented.

“The removal of fuel subsidy in itself is not a bad thing but the timing is what is wrong. How can the government remove subsidy without proper palliative measures in place to cushion the effect of the anticipated suffering of Nigerians?.

“My advise to the federal government is that funds saved from the subsidy removal should be used to urgently improve on the education, agriculture, power and health care sectors of the country to boost its economy,” he added.