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FG Files Charges Against Emefiele For Illegal Possession Of Firearm

Additionally, Emefiele is accused of possessing 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges)….

By Emeka Kofi

Suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, is facing charges filed by the Federal Government for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. The government alleges that Emefiele had a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a license, which is in violation of Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004. This offense carries a punishment under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.

Additionally, Emefiele is accused of possessing 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a license, which is contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act.

Although the case has not been assigned to a judge, it is expected to happen next week. Emefiele has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 10 for investigative reasons. The DSS spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya, confirmed that Emefiele was charged following a ruling by the Abuja High Court.

Count one of the charges reads; That you, Godwin Emefiele, Male, of No. 8 Colorado Street Maitama Abuja, on or about the 15th of June 2023, at No. 3b Iru Close, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government, Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession one (1) Single Barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a licence. You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.

Count two: That you, Godwin Emefiele, Male, of No. 8 Colorado Street Maitama Abuja, on or about June 15, 2023, at No. 3b Iru Close, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government, Lagos State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, had in your possession One Hundred and Twenty-Three (123) Rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without a licence You thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004 and punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act.

On Friday, a different Federal High Court in Abuja declared the arrest and detention of Emefiele by the Department of State Services (DSS) as null and void. Justice Bello Kawu, presiding over the case, ruled that the actions of the DSS in arresting, detaining, and interrogating Mr. Emefiele were in violation of the existing judgment and orders issued by Justice M. A. Hassan.

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