"Former Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele Faces Trial for Alleged $6.2 Million Fraud Scheme"

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"Former Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele Faces Trial for Alleged $6.2 Million Fraud Scheme"


The trial of the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, intensified on Monday at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama. Emefiele stands accused by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on amended 20 counts including forgery, criminal conspiracy, conferring undue advantage, and breach of trust. Specifically, the EFCC alleges that Emefiele impersonated the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to unlawfully obtain $6.2 million. According to the EFCC, Emefiele collaborated with Odoh Ocheme, who is currently evading arrest, to orchestrate the scheme.

During the proceedings, Onyeka Ogbu, a deputy director at the Central Bank, testified against Emefiele, shedding light on the $6.2 million payment request for international election observers made on January 8, 2023. Ogbu affirmed that after reviewing the documents and obtaining approval, he facilitated the disbursement of the funds.

However, the trial hit a snag as the prosecution's attempt to tender documents was met with objections from the defense, citing improper certification. Despite the prosecution's plea for a brief stand-down to rectify the issue, the defense insisted on an adjournment for proper certification.

In response, Justice Hamza Muazu adjourned the trial to Tuesday to allow for further proceedings, underscoring the gravity of the case and the meticulous legal procedures involved.

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