The Federal Government on Tuesday applied to withdraw the “illegal possession of firearms” case it filed against the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, the Nation reports.
In an oral application, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Abubakar, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos State that the application followed the result of further investigations.
But, Emefiele’s counsel, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Daudu, opposed the application, insisting that the government must first purge itself of the disobedience of the court’s order granting Emefiele bail before its application could be taken.
Justice Oweibo has adjourned till Thursday, August 17, 2023, to rule on the application.
Speaking to Journalists, the DPP said a fresh 20 counts have been filed at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.
One of the counts, he said, accused Emefiele of “conferring unlawful advantages”.
Kemi Kilani News recalls that Emefiele was arrested shortly after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu removed him as the CBN governor in June.