Breaking: FG slams fresh charges on Emefiele

The Federal Government has filed 20 charges against the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice Mohammed Bakodo Abubakar made this known while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

One of the counts accuses Emefiele of “conferring unlawful advantages”.

The government on Tuesday also applied to withdraw the “illegal possession of firearms” case it filed against him at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Abubakar told the presiding judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo that the the application followed the result of further investigations.

But defence counsel Joseph Daudu (SAN) opposed him, arguing that because the government was in disobedience of the court’s order granting Emefiele bail, its application could not be taken.

The judge had on July 25, admitted Emefiele to a N20 million bail on a two-count charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and ordered his remand at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, pending the fulfilment of his bail conditions.

But the operatives of Department State Services (DSS) rearrested the embattled bank chief after fighting off Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) officials on the court’s premises.