Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2023 elections, has insinuated that if the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, is prosecuted for financial crimes, numerous influential figures, including former President Muhammadu Buhari, may also face indictment.
Sowore believes that Emefiele’s ongoing detention by the Department of State Service (DSS) is not solely based on the severity of his alleged crimes but rather a ploy to make him a scapegoat for those in power.
According to Sowore, if the Tinubu administration decides to press charges against the CBN governor, Buhari, his entire family, in-laws, as well as other individuals such as governors, ruling party members, senators, and even certain DSS personnel, could be implicated.
These statements were made by Sowore in response to reports of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition charges against Emefiele. Sowore further claimed that the two-count charge was concocted as a means to negotiate Emefiele’s release.
Sowore made the statement via a tweet, saying: “For those who may not be familiar with the modus of the @OfficialDSSNG, holding @GodwinIEmefiele had nothing to do with the gravity of his high crimes, the game is to hold him on behalf of those in power.
“If @GodwinIEmefiele was to be prosecuted for his real financial crimes, economic sabotage, money laundering and terrorism financing involvement, FX round tripping etc… he would take down with him @MBuhari, and his entire family, in-laws, members of his inner circle, lots of @OfficialAPCNg leaders, state governors, Senators, media practitioners, military and police top brass and even people in @OfficialDSSNG, @officialEFCC as well as civil society.
“A lot would come crashing down. Right now negotiations are ongoing, this is just the “holding charge” before they let him go!
“Above is similar to how they started with former NSA Col. Sambo Dasuki, he was first charged with illegal possession of firearms, precisely in August of 2015! The rest is now history. #Revolutionnow.”