Emefiele’s arraignment on fresh 20-count criminal charges flopped

The planned arraignment of the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele flopped at the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on Thursday.

Though Emefiele was in Court, the second defendant, Sa’adat Yaro was absent in Court prompting the arraignment to be shifted to August 23.

Counsel to the Federal Government and Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mohammed Abubakar told Justice Hamza Muazu that Mrs Sa’adat Yaro took ill in the morning, hence, was unable to make it to the Court.

Abubakar apologized to the Court and applied for a new date for arraignment.

The request for adjournment was not opposed by Akinlolu Kehinde, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN )who stood for Emefiele.

Justice Muazu subsequently fixed August 23 for the arraignment.

Operatives of the Department of the State Service (DSS) who brought Emefiele to Court under a heavy water-tight security to avoid security breaches immediately took him back to their custody after the proceedings.

Emefiele is said to have in the charge allegedly committed offences contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

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