From FRED ITUA, Abuja
Former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, has regained freedom after spending more than 14 hours in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The former apex bank chief was on Thursday morning arrested by EFCC operatives and quizzed for several hours by the anti-graft body over his involvement in the alleged N750million polymer contract scam. According to the Commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, Soludo was granted administrative bail at about 10pm on Thursday.
Part of the bail deal was that he produces two sureties who must be either Directors, Permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service, or its equivalent. The commission also seized the international passport of Soludo to avoid attempt to jump prosecution. Sources at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja however informed our correspondent that it was temporary freedom for the former apex bank boss, adding that he would soon be invited by the EFCC for further interrogation.
The source said: ”He was eventually allowed to go on Thursday. I think he left in the evening. But that is not the end of the matter; he is also expected back for further interrogation.”