Emefiele back in EFCC custody, to face fourth arraignment on April 25

The Lagos State Special Offences Court remanded the immediate-past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, in EFCC custody after he was arraigned on 23 counts bordering on corruption. Emefiele, alongside Henry Isioma-Omoile, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court adjourned the case till April 11 to rule on bail applications and begin trial. Emefiele is accused of abusing his office by allegedly allocating foreign exchange without bids and accepting gratifications. The charges also include receiving foreign exchange payments and conferring corrupt advantages.

The defendants’ counsel requested bail on self-recognizance or to their custody, citing Emefiele’s service and pending arraignment in Abuja. The prosecution didn’t oppose bail but requested a closed session for witnesses. The judge remanded Emefiele in EFCC custody and Isioma-Omoile in Ikoyi Correctional Centre, adjourning till April 11.

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