The federal government has amended the criminal charge filed
against Godwin Emefiele, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The charge which was formerly six counts, has now been
increased to 20 counts.
The amended charge borders on criminal breach of trust,
forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to
commit a felony.
Emefiele was arraigned on November 18, and had pleaded not
guilty to the six-count charge.
On November 22, a federal capital territory high court
granted Emefiele bail in the sum of N300 million.
The judge had also ruled that the former CBN governor must
produce two sureties in like sum who would have certificates of occupancy and
titles of properties within the Maitama district in Abuja.
At the resumed trial on Thursday, Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel of
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said he had served the
defence team with an amended charge.
Responding, Mathew Burkaa, Emefiele’s counsel, said he would
need some time to study the new charge before his client could enter a plea.
Hamza Mu’azu, presiding judge, adjourned the case to Friday,
COURT VARIES BAIL
Meanwhile, the court agreed to vary Emefiele’s bail
condition which previously restricted him to the federal capital territory
Oyedepo did not object to the defendant’s plea for variation
of the bail terms.
The court granted the application permitting the former CBN
governor to travel within Nigeria but restrained him from leaving the country
during the pendency of the case.
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