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Emefiele requests bail after being found in possession of an illegal firearm

Jul 19, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

Abuja (Sundiata Post)– Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, has requested release on self-recognizance from the Lagos Federal High Court.

His primary attorney, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Joseph Daudu, submitted a bail motion under the constitution, the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act, and the Court’s inherent powers.

Mr Emefiele’s arraignment on the two charges of unlawful possession of a handgun and ammunition was expected during the Court’s annual holiday on Monday, July 24, 2023.

Judge Nicholas Oweibo, one of two vacation justices, will hear the suspended CBN governor’s case. Judge Akintayo Aluko.

Mr Emefiele sought bail on nine grounds.

He claimed his charges were bailable. He also claimed to be innocent unless proven guilty.

The suspended CBN governor said that bail would give him enough time and resources to prepare his defence.

The defendant maintained he is not a flight risk and would not jump bail if allowed.

Because investigations are over, he won’t intervene. The defendant promised to attend the trial on time and provided appropriate sureties as needed by the Court for release.

Five senior advocates and 10 attorneys will defend the suspended CBN governor. Senior Advocate Joseph Daudu, a former Nigerian Bar Association president, will lead them.

Bert Igwilo, Victor Opara, Emeka Obegolu, and Akinlolu Kehinde are senior advocates.

Emefiele contested the accusation in paperwork supporting his bail application.

The suspended CBN governor was charged with illegally carrying a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) by the Federal Government.

The authorities stated the offence violated Section 4 of the Weapons Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and were penalized under Section 27 (1b).

On the second count, the suspended CBN governor was charged with possessing 123 rounds of live ammunition (cartridges) without a licence, which violates section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and is penalized under section 27 (1)(b)(il).

On June 9, 2023, President Bola Tinubu dismissed Mr. Emefiele as apex bank head. The Department of State Services verified the suspended CBN chief’s detention a day later.

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