Emefiele Charged By FG For Illegal Firearm Possession

The Federal Government has slammed the embattled suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, with a two-count charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.⁣

In a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, the government accused Emefiele of possessing a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a licence.⁣

According to the government, the offence contravened Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and is punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.⁣

In the second count, the apex bank chief was accused of having in his possession 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a licence, which contravened Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and is punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act.⁣

Though the case is yet to be assigned to a judge, indications have emerged that this will be done in the coming week.⁣

The suspended CBN governor has been in the custody of the Department of State Service since June 10 following his suspension from office by President Bola Tinubu a day earlier.⁣

Confirming Emefiele’s arrest, the DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said he was taken in for the purposes of investigation⁣

Meanwhile, the DSS also confirmed on Thursday, July 13, 2023, that Emefiele has been charged to court.⁣

This comes shortly after an Abuja High Court ordered the Service to bring forward any criminal allegations they may have against Emefiele and present him before a competent court.⁣