Kingsley Obiora, the deputy governor in charge of economic policy at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been taken into custody by the State Security Service (SSS), according to sources familiar with the matter.
Obiora has been held for four nights as part of an ongoing inquiry into allegations of financial mismanagement during the tenure of the ousted CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Emefiele, who assumed the role of CBN governor in June 2014, has been in SSS custody since June 10, 2023, following his controversial removal from office by President Bola Tinubu.
Despite two federal judges ordering Emefiele’s release, the SSS has continued to detain him, citing various reasons and filing new charges to replace previous ones.
Sources close to Obiora’s case suggest that he may be viewed as a key witness against his former boss.