The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele today pleaded “Not Guilty” to a two-count charge of illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions brought against him by the Federal Government.

Arraigned before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Emefiele is standing trial on a two-count charge, including possession of a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a licence. The alleged offences are contrary to Section 4 of the Firearms Act, 2004, and punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.

The suspended CBN Governor is also charged with having in his possession 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a licence, contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms Act 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(ii) of the same Act.

CITY LAWYER gathered that Emefiele was brought into the court premises by Directorate of State Service (DSS) operatives in a Toyota Hilux vehicle around 9:20 am.

Emefiele was taken into custody early June by DSS operatives, hours after President Bola Tinubu suspended him from office.

Confirming his arrest, DSS spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya said in a statement: “The Department of State Services (DSS) hereby confirms that Mr Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is now in its custody for some investigative reasons.”

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