Emefiele in court over alleged N6.9b fraud, dodges journalists

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The suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele was present in court for his arraignment on alleged N6.9 billion fraud, but the judge had to reschedule his arraignment.

The absence of a co-defendant stalled the scheduled arraignment of Emefiele, on charges of procurement fraud at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on Thursday, August 17, 2023.

Although represented by her lawyer, the co-defendant, Sa’adatu Ramalan-Yaro, was said to be absent from court because of ill health. Mr Emefiele was, however, present, and appeared set for arraignment in a case involving 20 counts of conspiracy and procurement fraud.

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Emefiele was observed avoiding reporters after the court hearing by pretending to be receiving a phone call who were attempting to get his reaction to the accusations.

The case came up before a judge of the Maitama Division of the FCT High Court, Hamzat Muazu.

The court adjourned the suit until 23 August for arraignment.


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