Emefiele Fraud: Court Adjourned Alleged Procurement Case Till June 24

Emefiele Fraud: Court Adjourned Alleged Procurement Case Till June 24

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The Federal Capital Territory high court postponed the trial of Godwin Emefiele, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, until June 24. Even though neither the prosecution nor the defendant were present, the prosecution requested the adjournment.

I.D. Ahmed, Emefiele’s attorney, apologised to the court for his client’s absence and informed them that the prosecution had sent an adjournment request. ” Because you have a letter of adjournment from the prosecution does not mean the defendant should not be in court,” Justice Hamza Muazu said, emphasizing the significance of the defendant’s attendance in court.

The trial judge then moved forward with scheduling hearings for June 24 and June 25 as new dates for continuation.

During his time as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Emefiele was charged with crimes by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), including criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to obtain by false pretence, and getting money by false pretence.

The EFCC alleges, among other things, that Emefiele falsified a paper allegedly from the Secretary’s office to the Government of the Federation, asking for a $6,230,000 contingent logistic advance in compliance with a presidential direction on missions involving foreign election observers.

READ ALSO: EFCC Files New Charges: How Emefiele Printed N684.5m With N18.9bn

It is also said that Emefiele used his position to provide his wife and colleague unfair advantages through specific businesses. Emefiele allegedly received $6.2 million on February 8, 2023, under false pretences, according to the prosecution.

Agboro, the prosecution’s seventh witness and an investigator for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, provided evidence to bolster these allegations during an earlier hearing.

The trial’s postponement highlights the difficulties and delays in the judicial process that are frequently encountered in situations similar to Emefiele’s, adding to the continuous legal drama surrounding the company.
While the prosecution works to provide proof to back up its claims, Emefiele’s legal team stays on top of the judicial system as the case develops.

As the trial moves forward, observers watch for more developments. The next hearing is scheduled for June 24.


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