Godwin Emefiele, suspended governor of the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN), is set to be arraigned before a federal capital territory high
court in Maitama.
The FCT high court is presided over by Hamza Muazu.
Emefiele was arraigned with one Sa’adatu Yaro (said to be an employee of the
CBN) and a firm, known as April1616 Investment Ltd.
In the fresh 20-count charge filed by the federal ministry
of justice, the suspended CBN governor and his co-defendants are accused of engaging in conspiracy and procurement
fraud, among others.
Emefiele has been in DSS custody since his arrest in June.
On July 25, he was arraigned on a two-count charge bordering
on “illegal possession” of firearms at a federal high court in Ikoyi and was
granted bail in the sum of N20 million.
Nicholas Oweibo, the judge, had ordered that Emefiele be
kept in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) pending the
fulfilment of his bail conditions.
But the DSS insisted that Emefiele must return to its
custody — a development that led to the face-off between the secret police and
After the face-off, DSS rearrested Emefiele on the court
The secret service proceeded to file an application before a
high court of the federal capital territory seeking to further detain the
suspended CBN governor.
The application was struck out after it was withdrawn by the
service over jurisdictional concerns.
On August 3, the federal government also filed an
application before the federal high court in Lagos, seeking leave to appeal
against the order granting bail to Emefiele.
On August 15, the federal government made an oral
application to withdraw the charge of “illegal possession of firearms” against
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