Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, appeared before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of firearms. The Ministry of Justice brought the charges against him.
Emefiele was arraigned on a two-count charge, both related to unlicensed possession of firearms. The first count accuses him of possessing a single-barrel shotgun, the JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371, without a license, which is a violation of Section 4 of the Firearms Act and punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.
The second count alleges that the suspended CBN governor had 123 rounds of live ammunition (cartridges) in his possession without a license, contravening Section 8 of the Firearms Act and punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act.
The charges and Emefiele’s subsequent arrest came after he was suspended from his position by Bola Tinubu on June 10. The case is now before the Federal High Court in Lagos, where Emefiele will defend himself against the accusations of illegal firearm possession.
As the trial proceeds, legal proceedings and evidence will be presented to determine the veracity of the charges. Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s plea of not guilty indicates that he denies the allegations and will seek to prove his innocence before the court.
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