The Nigerian Federal Government has applied for the withdrawal of the illegal possession of firearms charge against Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The development comes after further investigations were conducted.
The Director of Public Prosecutions at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Bakodo Abubakar presented an oral application to the federal high court in Ikoyi on Tuesday, signaling the government’s intent to withdraw the charge.
Abubakar also disclosed that fresh charges containing 20 counts had been filed against Emefiele at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Speaking to journalists following the court proceedings, Abubakar explained the rationale behind the decision and the new charges.
On July 25, Emefiele had been arraigned on a two-count charge related to “illegal possession of firearms” at the federal high court in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The latest legal maneuvering underscores the ongoing legal saga surrounding Emefiele and highlights the shifts in charges that he is facing.
The case has attracted significant attention and scrutiny, given Emefiele’s high-profile role as the head of the nation’s central bank.
The development leaves observers and legal experts anticipating the unfolding of proceedings in the fresh charges filed against Emefiele and the potential implications for his future and the broader Nigerian political and financial landscape.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)