The Federal Government of Nigeria has reportedly filed a two-count charge against Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for illegal possession of a shotgun and live ammunition.
According to sources, the charges were filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, accusing Emefiele of possessing the items without a license.
The first count charge states that Emefiele possessed one single barrel shot gun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a license, thus committing an offence contrary to Section 4 of the Firearms Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1) (b) (i) of the same act.
The second count charge accuses Emefiele of having in his possession 123 rounds of live ammunition (catridges) without a license. This offence is also contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1) (b) (il) of the same Act.
This development comes as a surprise to many Nigerians who have been following the case closely. Emefiele has been in DSS’ custody since June 10 following his suspension by Bola Tinubu and subsequent arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS).