Alleged abuse of power: Court admits Emefiele to N50m bail

Former CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele in court with his counsel
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By Adenike Ayodele

An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Friday admitted the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele to bail in the sum of N50 million.

Emefirle is charged with abuse of office and fraud to the tune of 4.5 billion dollars and N2.8 billion.

Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his ruling, admitted Emefiele to bail with two sureties in like sum.

Oshodi held that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have three years tax payment with the Lagos State Government.

He also ordered that the sureties must show proper identification and must be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

The judge also said that he was satisfied with the bail conditions of N1 million, earlier given to Emefiele’s co-defendant, Henry Isioma-Omoil, who is standing another charge before Justice Olufunke Sule-Hamzat, before a Yaba High Court.

Oshodi, however, said that the bail documents must be transferred to special offences court and must also be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

The Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on April 8 arraigned Emefiele on a 23-count charge bordering on abuse of office, accepting gratifications and corrupt demand.

His charge also include receiving property fraudulently obtained and conferring corrupt advantage, while his co-defendant was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on acceptance of gift by agents.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the time of filing this report, the counsel were making applications for accelerated hearing and trial. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Saniya Hamza

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