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Court fixes date for Emefiele’s trial over illegal firearms possession

THE suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, will be arraigned before the Federal High Court, Lagos on July 25 on two counts of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

One of his lawyers, Victor Opara (SAN), confirmed to newsmen that hearing notices to that effect have been sent out by the court to counsels involved in the matter.

He also confirmed that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria & Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Joseph Daudu, will personally be in court to lead the defendant’s team.

Emefiele will be arraigned before the vacation judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

Emefiele was charged by the FG on the charge sheet with illegally carrying a single-barrel shotgun.

According to the authorities, the offense is punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and is in violation of Section 4 of that Act.

In the second count, the suspended CBN Governor was accused of violating Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act by possessing 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a license.

Since June 10, Emefiele has been under the Department of State Services’ (DSS) guardianship.

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