FG withdraws firearms suit against Emefiele: Files 20 fresh charges

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FG withdraws firearms suit against Emefiele: Files 20 fresh charges

The Federal Government has taken steps to withdraw the charges of illegal possession of firearms that were initially filed against Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor.

The application was made at the Federal High Court in Lagos, where Emefiele had been granted a N20 million bail on July 25.

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The charges in question pertained to the alleged possession of firearms and ammunition. However, subsequent events unfolded that led to a fresh legal twist in this case.

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The judge’s decision to grant Emefiele bail came with the condition that he fulfills the requirements set forth by the court.

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Nevertheless, a clash between the Department of State Services (DSS) and prison officials led to Emefiele’s rearrest after he had been granted bail.

This incident added complexity to the already intricate legal proceedings surrounding the case.

On Tuesday, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Bakodo Abubakar, presented a fresh application before Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

Abubakar informed the court that the application was a result of further investigations into the matter. The application was delivered orally, setting the stage for a potential shift in the trajectory of the case.

In response to the DPP’s application, Joseph Daudu (SAN), the defense counsel, raised objections.

Daudu’s argument centered around the government’s perceived non-compliance with the court’s initial order granting Emefiele bail. This line of reasoning was put forth as a counterpoint to the government’s new application.

Following the day’s legal proceedings, Mohammed Bakodo Abubakar provided insight into the fresh charges.

He revealed that these charges had been filed at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

One of the charges directly accuses Emefiele of “conferring unlawful advantages,” indicating the complexity of the allegations against him.

Emefiele was suspended by the government amid allegations that prompted an investigation into his actions.

In response to these allegations, a Special Investigator was appointed by Bola Tinubu.

This investigator’s task was to probe the operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As these events unfolded, the apex bank released its audited financial statement, revealing that the institution was carrying a combined debt of $13.8 billion owed to JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. This debt accrued as of the conclusion of the financial year in December 2022.

This recent series of events underscores the intricate legal proceedings surrounding the suspended CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

“The withdrawal of the initial charges and the subsequent filing of fresh ones bring new dimensions to the case.

“The clash between the DSS and prison officials that led to Emefiele’s rearrest has added layers of complexity, prompting legal experts to analyze the situation from various angles. As the case continues to unfold, it remains a subject of considerable public and legal interest,” a legal luminary Maikano Bako said.

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