Federal High Court Sets July 8 Ruling Date for Emefiele’s Passport Release

Justice Hamza Mua’zu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja has scheduled a ruling for July 8, 2024, regarding the application of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), seeking the release of his passport to enable overseas travel for medical treatment.

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Federal High Court Sets July 8 Ruling Date for Emefiele’s Passport Release

During the proceedings on June 25, 2024, Emefiele’s counsel, Mathew Burkaa, presented the application, which Justice Mua’zu deferred ruling on until the slated date.

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The court session also saw the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) present two prosecution witnesses. Umar Abba Tilde, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank, testified about Emefiele’s financial transactions, including the identification of his bank statements and certificates, which were admitted as evidence. He revealed that Emefiele authorized a transfer of N4 million to Architekun Nigeria Limited and held multiple bank accounts at Zenith Bank.

The second witness, Abibiya-Ockiya-Ogeleye, a legal practitioner with A&A Legal Consociate, testified about her firm’s services to Architekun Nigeria Limited, which is connected to Emefiele’s family. She detailed the company’s incorporation, annual reports, and changes in directorship and shareholding.

The trial is set to continue on October 21, 22, and 23, 2024.

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