Just In: Court Grants Emefiele Permission To Travel


News Investigators/ An Abuja High Court on Thursday granted the immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele’s request to travel out of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Presiding Judge, Justice Hamza Muazu, however, directed that Mr. Emefiele must remain within the country.

Recall that part of the bail conditions of Mr. Emefiele was for him not to leave the FCT.

The judge had ruled that Mr. Emefiele should submit to the registrar of the court his travelling documents and must be within Abuja within the period of his trial.

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But the former CBN governor, through his lawyer, Mathew Bukka, SAN, had requested a variation of the terms to enable him travel within Nigeria.

The Counsel of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN, did not object to the request.

He urged the court to ensure that Mr. Emefiele wrote an undertaking that he would remain in the country if his plea was granted.

The charge against the former governor of the CBN was also amended to 20 from 6. Mr. Oyedepo told the court that they filed another amended charges of 20 counts against Mr. Emefiele.

The amended charges against Mr. Emefiele now includes criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to commit felony.

The court had on December 24, 2023 granted Emefiele bail in sum of N300 million with two sureties in like sum.


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