SSS arrests Nwodo, whisked to Abuja – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) has said today that it has arrested three of the five former MD/ CEOs of banks sacked last week by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN .
Those in the EFCC custody as of this evening were former MD/CEO of Union Bank PLC, Mr. Bartholomew Ebong; Mr. Okey Nwosu formerly Finbank Managing Director and Mr. Peter Elolo of Falcon security.
Vanguard reports that Mrs Cecilia Ibru, former MD/CEO of Oceanic Bank was also arrested today by operatives of the States Security Services SSS , when she attempted to leave the country.
Mrs. Ibru and others arrested by the SSS were to be handed over to the EFCC later .
EFCC spokesman Femi Babafemi said today that “we only threaten to declare them wanted , but we have got some of them already”.
SSS arrests Nwodo, whisked to Abuja
In another development, former Minister of Information, Chief John Nnia Nwodo was on Tuesday arrested in Enugu and flown to Abuja by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS).
Though no official reason was adduced for his arrest, The Guardian reports that the action might not be unconnected with the speech he delivered last week at the two-day Security Summit organised by the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu for the South East and South-South Zone.
In what many regarded as inciting and dangerous to the nation’s democracy, Nwodo, a former National Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had remarked during the summit that “we cannot thank you (army) enough for your professionalism and patriotism, but I dare say that it does not stop with keeping quiet.
As Minister, I remember that General (Muhammadu) Buhari and other GOCs (General Officers Commanding) came to give the President ultimatums that if certain things were not done, they could no longer guarantee security.”
He stated further that “the fact that you wear a uniform does not insulate you from the politics of your country, in fact, it gives you more responsibilities because when everything fails, it rests on your shoulder to defend the territorial integrity of the country, so speak up.”
Apparently uncomfortable with Nwodo’s submission, the Chief of Army Staff, General Abdulrahaman Dambazau made a second appearance and vehemently denounced the suggestions, noting that “our business is there in Section 217 of the 1999 Constitution. We are not going to interfere in what politicians do.
We are not saying that our democracy is perfect, but we are hopeful that the politicians would some day arrive at a point of perfection. If what happened in1966 (first military coup) had not happened, Nigeria would have gone farther than this. So please, we do not want that suggestion from you.”