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EFCC opposes Emefiele's request for medical trip abroad

The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee on Monday rejected a request by former Central Financial institution of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele to launch his passport to allow him to journey overseas for medical functions.

The defence, Labi-Lawal, had filed an affidavit requesting the discharge of Emefiele's passport to allow him to journey to the UK for medical remedy. The EFCC objected to this.

The protection assertion on Monday and the counter-statement from the Public Prosecution Service complement the statements each groups beforehand made in regards to the case, on June 25, 2024.

In an announcement issued on Monday by the fee’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, it was acknowledged that the prosecution, Muhammad Omeiza, following the counter-affidavit, informed the court docket that there was no medical report earlier than the court docket to indicate that Emefiele was affected by any ailment.

He added that if that had been the case, there was no proof that it couldn’t be handled regionally in Nigeria.

“Omeiza additional famous that Emefiele had surrendered his passport to the court docket as a part of the fulfilment of his bail circumstances, arguing that releasing it to him would quantity to the court docket altering the bail circumstances,” the assertion mentioned.

Oyewale mentioned the EFCC's lawyer

additionally argued that Emefiele posed a flight danger.

“The suspect has accomplices everywhere in the world. One Anita and Tony are all aides of the suspect who’re at the moment in the UK. The suspect is likely to be tempted to keep away from bail as he’s standing earlier than three completely different courts,” Oyewale quoted Omeiza as saying.

Oyewale responded by saying that the protection had dismissed the prosecution’s arguments as speculative. In response to him, the prosecution might situation a global purple alert for the suspect, in order that he could possibly be arrested if he made the medical journey overseas and refused to return.

He mentioned that after listening to each legal professionals, the decide, Hamza Mu'azu, has postponed the ruling on the applying till July 16, 2024.

The previous CBN governor is on trial in three separate instances earlier than completely different judges.

He’s being tried alongside Justice Mu'azu for procurement fraud, forgery of former President Muhammadu Buhari's signature and different fees.

Emefiele is being arraigned earlier than Justice Rahman Oshodi of the Particular Offences Court docket in Ikeja, Lagos, for allegedly fraud involving US$4.5 billion and Naira 2.8 billion.

As well as, Emefiele appeared earlier than Justice Maryann Anenih of the FCT Excessive Court docket in Abuja for allegedly approving the printing of 684.5 million naira banknotes at a value of 18.96 billion naira.

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