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Nigerian Court sends ex CBN Governor, Emefiele to Prison

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The High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has ordered that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, be sent to the Kuje Correctional Centre pending the determination of his bail request.
Emefiele is standing trial on an alleged procurement fraud.
The trial which had been delayed on three occasions finally held on Friday.
The Federal Government had initially brought 20 charges of procurement fraud to the tune of N6.5 billion against the former CBN governor.
But the government reduced the charges to six to the tune of over N1bn which he was arraigned on Friday.
At Friday’s proceedings, Emefiele’s counsel, Mathew Burkaa SAN, moved the application for bail but the FG counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo vehemently opposed granting bail to the former CBN governor.
The presiding judge, Justice Hamza Muazu said a bench ruling could not be delivered in view of the authorities cited by the two parties.
The Judge said he needed a little time to study the authorities and peruse through the exhibits supplied by Emefiele to support his request for bail.

He, however, ordered that Emefiele be remanded at the Kuje prison pending the determination of his bail application.

Muazu then adjourned the case till November 22 for a ruling on the bail application and November 28 for the commencement of trial.

His remand order is coming after Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, ordered that he should be released to his lawyers on November 8 after spending 151 days in detention.


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