“Federal Government Files Amended Charges Against Ex-CBN Governor Emefiele, Accuses Him of $6.2m Fraud

“Federal Government Files Amended Charges Against Ex-CBN Governor Emefiele, Accuses Him of $6.2m Fraud

Federal Government Amends Charges Against Ex-CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

The legal battle against former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has taken a new turn as the federal government introduces amended charges before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

The amended charge sheet comprises 20 counts against Emefiele.

Allegations Include Impersonation and $6.2m CBN Fraud

Among the fresh allegations, Emefiele is accused of impersonating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to illicitly obtain $6.2 million from the CBN.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) contends that Emefiele, along with a co-conspirator, falsely claimed that the SGF requested the release of funds, a claim proven to be intentionally deceptive.

Forgery and Awarding of Dubious Contracts

In the amended charge, Emefiele is further accused of forging a document related to a “Presidential Directive on Foreign Election Observer Missions” in January 2023.

The EFCC asserts that Emefiele, in collaboration with an individual currently on the run, engaged in an illegal act of forgery.

Contract Irregularities Involving CBN Governor’s Residence

The former CBN Governor is also implicated in awarding a contract for the renovation of a portion of the CBN Governor’s residence in Lagos, valued at N99.8 million, to his wife and brother-in-law through a company called Messrs.

Architekon Nigeria Limited. This action is alleged to violate Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, according to the EFCC.

Legal Proceedings and Plea Hearing

Justice Muazu has adjourned the case until today (Friday) for Emefiele to enter his plea on the amended charges.

The legal developments add complexity to Emefiele’s ongoing legal woes, involving a range of allegations from financial impropriety to document forgery and contract irregularities.

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