Federal Government to Present Amended 20-Count Charge Against Godwin Emefiele Today
In a significant legal development, the Federal government is poised to arraign the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, before an FCT High Court in Abuja today.
The amended charges, filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on behalf of the Attorney-General of the Federation, introduce new counts relating to alleged fraudulent activities, including the awarding of contracts to Emefiele’s wife, Omoile Margret, his brother-in-law, Omoile Macombo, and other associates.
Background: Previous Charges and Bail
Previously, in August 2023, the Bola Tinubu government had filed a six-count charge against Emefiele, accusing him of fraudulent procurement.
Emefiele pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail on November 22, 2023, by Justice Hamza Muazu.
Details of the Amended Charges
According to Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel to the EFCC, the fresh arraignment scheduled for today will take place before Justice Muazu.
The amended charge includes counts related to conspiracy to commit forgery, conferring a corrupt advantage, criminal breach of trust, and other offenses.
Notably, the charges delve into the alleged fraudulent award of contracts involving Emefiele’s family members and associates.
Court Approval for Travel Amid Restrictions
In a recent development, the court approved Emefiele’s request to travel outside the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
However, the court specified that Emefiele must remain within the country, adhering to the bail terms that restrict his movements to Abuja.
This adds a layer of complexity to Emefiele’s legal situation as he faces the amended charges in court.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn