On Tuesday, the Nigerian government requested that the “illegal possession of firearms” charge against Godwin Emefiele, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), be dropped.
The plea was made orally before Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State by Mohammed Abubakar, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Emefiele’s lawyer, Senior Advocate of Nigeria Joseph Daudu, argued against the application, saying that before the government could apply for bail for Emefiele, it needed to apologize for disobeying the court’s order to release him.
The application hearing before Justice Oweibo has been postponed to Thursday, August 17, 2023.
The DPP told reporters that twenty new counts had been filed in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to him, Emefiele was charged with “conferring unlawful advantages” in one of the counts.