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Emefiele Trial Continues In Lagos Court

Emefiele Trial Continues In Lagos Court

The trial of the embattled former CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele charged with abuse of office, alleged $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion fraud continued on Thursday with5 the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tendering bundles of documents before the court.

The bundles of documents were tendered through the third prosecution witness, a compliance officer with Zenith Bank, Mr Clement Ngolu, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN). The documents were admitted into evidence following no objections from the first defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN) and the second defense counsel, Mr Adeyinka Kotoye (SAN)

Justice Rahman Oshodi admitted the original copies of Zenith Bank account opening package, statement of account of Limelight Multidimensional Services Ltd which were sent to EFCC into evidence. The witness said that sometimes in 2014, his department got a request from EFCC to furnish them with statements of accounts of limelight and two other accounts and we duly furnished them with the request.

Also, a former Director of Information Technology CBN, Mr John Ayoh, in the continuation of his cross-examination, said he had a confrontation with Emefiele because he had asked him to do something wrong. The fourth witness, a contractor, in his evidence, also testified before the court he was allegedly pressurized by the management of CBN management to pay the sum $600,000 for the payment of the contract which he had executed.

EFCC had on April 8 arraigned Emefiele on a 23-count charge bordering on abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demand, receiving property fraudulently obtained and conferring corrupt advantage, while his co-defendant was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on acceptance of gift by agents. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The judge adjourned the case until May 17 for the continuation of trial.

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