Court Dismisses Firearms Possession Charges Against Emefiele

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By Muhammadu Sabiu

The Federal Government’s allegations that the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele had illegally possessed firearms were dismissed by the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo issued the ruling on Thursday following Mohammed Abubakar’s, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Ministry of Justice, motion to withdraw the two-count charge.

Abubakar cited Section 108 of the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in support of his argument.

J.B. Daodu, Emefiele’s attorney, argued that the prosecution could not drop the charges unless the government first absolves itself of its disobedience to the court’s verdict granting Emefiele N20 million bail on July 25.

According to The Nation, Justice Oweibo’s decision approved the Federal Government’s application.

While condemning the Government’s conduct, the judge said: “The conduct of the prosecution has shown that it doesn’t respect the rule of law.

“Of what benefit will it be to keep the file in the court’s docket when the prosecution has shown disrespect to the court?

“Accordingly, this charge is hereby struck out for lack of diligent prosecution.”

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