Court adjourns Emefiele‘s trial to June 24

A High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja, has adjourned the trial of Godwin Emefiele, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to June 24. 

When the case was called on Thursday, April 25, neither the prosecution counsel nor the defendant were in court. Emefiele was, however, represented by one of his counsels.

Emefiele’s representative, I.D Ahmed, told the court that the prosecution served him a letter praying for an adjournment.

He also apologised to the court for the absence of his client.

The presiding judge, Hamza Muazu said: “Because you have a letter of adjournment from the prosecution does not mean the defendant should not be in court.”

Muazu then adjourned until June 24 and June 25 for continuation of trial.

Recall that the federal government had on January 28, amended the criminal charges filed against Emefiele from six to 20 counts.

The amended charges border on alleged criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to commit a felony.

At the previous hearing, the court agreed to vary Emefiele’s bail condition which previously restricted him to the FCT.

The court granted the application permitting the former CBN governor to travel within Nigeria but restrained him from leaving the country during the pendency of the case.

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