The governor of Central bank may be arrested over failure of payment concerning a sum of $289m.
The Senate, Public Accounts Committee said on Tuesday that it might consider demanding an arrest warrant for the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, over his alleged refusal to honour invitations extended to him by the legislature.
The committee invited Emefiele to addressthe house on the release of $289m cash to a former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, sometime in 2015.
The Senate had discovered, while acting on a report of the Auditor General for the Federation, last week,how the CBN released $289m cash to the former NIA DG.
However, The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, said the CBN governor had been summoned several times but he ignored all invitations.
Urhoghide fumed that Emefiele did not also deem it fit to send any official of the CBN to appear before the committee.
He said, “We have summoned the CBN governor; it is the only part remaining in the investigation.
“The CBN governor has not sent any of his officials; they have to corroborate the story being told by those mentioned in the audit query, whether they are correct or not correct.
“The committee may consider consulting with the Senate leadership with a view to issuing a warrant for the arrest of the governor of Central Bank if he pushes us to the extreme.
“There are over 10 issues highlighted in the audit query that needed to be addressed by Emefiele and his top officials.” he said.