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Emefiele Pleads Court for Bail, Awaits Decision

Suspended CBN Governor Urges Court for Bail on Self Recognizance

The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to admit him to bail on self recognizance pending the hearing and determination of the charge filed against him by the Federal Government.

The bail application was filed by Emefiele’s lead counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Daudu. The application is based on the relevant provisions of the constitution, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015, and the inherent powers of the court.

Although it is unclear when Emefiele will be arraigned on the charges of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, it is anticipated that it will take place during the annual vacation of the court, which starts on Monday, July 24, 2023.

The case has been assigned to Justice Nicholas Oweibo, who is one of the vacation judges for the court.

Emefiele’s Application for Bail

  1. The charges against Emefiele are bailable, according to the application.
  2. He has no previous convictions and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
  3. Granting him bail will allow sufficient time and resources to prepare his defense.
  4. Emefiele is not a flight risk and will not jump bail.
  5. Investigations have been concluded, therefore there is no likelihood of interference.
  6. He guarantees punctual attendance at trial.
  7. He is willing to provide responsible sureties as required by the Court.

Emefiele will be defended by a team of 10 lawyers, including five senior advocates. Joseph Daudu, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, will lead the team. The other senior advocates are Akinlolu Kehinde, Bert Igwilo, Victor Opara, and Emeka Obegolu.

In documents presented to the court, Emefiele denied being guilty of the charges brought against him by the Federal Government.

In the charge sheet, the government accused Emefiele of possessing a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a license, which is in violation of Section 4 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004. The second count accuses him of possessing 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a license, which is in violation of Section 8 of the Firearms Act.

On June 9, 2023, President Bola Tinubu suspended Emefiele as the Governor of CBN. The Department of State Services later confirmed that Emefiele was in their custody.

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