Godwin Emefiele's fraud arraignment delay

Godwin Emefiele's fraud arraignment delay

 

 

 

The anticipated arraignment of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele, in connection with an alleged N6.9 billion procurement fraud, has once again faced a delay.

 

This recurrence comes after the initial postponement on August 17 due to the absence of the second defendant, Sa’adatu Yaro, who was reportedly ill and unable to attend the court proceedings.

The presiding judge, Justice Hamza Muazu, rescheduled the arraignment of the defendants for August 23.Surprisingly, the case was not included in the court’s official case list, and no formal explanation was given to the media regarding its omission.

Although no official clarification was provided, a court official informed our correspondent that the case was delayed due to a recent development.”The planned hearing could not proceed due to new developments in the case. As a result of these developments, the arraignment had to be postponed.

 

A new date will be communicated to all parties involved,” the official stated.

However, unconfirmed reports suggest that the suspended CBN governor might be exploring the option of a plea bargain arrangement with the federal government.

 

Emefiele’s legal representative, Kehinde Akinlolu, SAN, confirmed that the scheduled arraignment would not take place but refrained from commenting on the speculation surrounding the plea bargain discussions.

 

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