July 20, 2024

FG Files 20 Fresh Charges Against Emefiele, Withdraws Illegal Firearm Charge


Ex-CBN Governor, Emefiele

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The Federal Government is seeking to substitute the “illegal possession of firearms” charge brought against Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria governor, with 20 other charges bothering on ‘conferment of undue advantage’.

The government on Tuesday applied to withdraw the “illegal possession of firearms” case it filed against Emefiele, at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Mohammed Bakodo Abubakar, director of public prosecutions (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice told Justice Nicholas Oweibo that the application followed the result of further investigations.

However, Joseph Daudu (SAN) defence counsel opposed him, arguing that because the government was in disobedience of the court’s order granting Emefiele bail, its application could not be taken.

The DPP told journalists after the day’s proceedings that the fresh 20 charges were filed at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

Nigeria Federal Government had arraigned the former CBN Governor on two-count charge on illegal possession of firearms at the federal high court, Ikoyi. Lagos.

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