Federal Government will on Thursday arraign the suspended Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele before the Federal High Court in Abuja over a fresh 20-count charge bordering on procurement fraud.
The former apex bank boss will be arraigned over N6.9 billion procurement fraud, conspiracy, and conferring corrupt advantages on his associates, alongside a female CBN employee, Sa’adatu Yaro, and her company, April 1616 Investment Limited.
The fresh charge comes 24 hours after the Federal Government announced withdrawal of the “illegal possession of firearms” charge against Emefiele before the Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday.
Emefiele is accused of conferring corrupt advantages on Yaro, a director in April 1616 Investment Ltd., an offence contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, which is punishable with five years imprisonment without the option of a fine.
The accused persons were alleged to have bought 98 exotic vehicles and armoured buses valued at N6.9 billion, including 84 Toyota Hilux, three Toyota Landcruisers, one Toyota Avalon, and 10 armoured Mercedes Benz buses, between 2018 and 2020.
Emefiele has been in detention since his suspension by President Bola Tinubu on June 9.
He was earlier arraigned for alleged possession of illegal firearms before the Federal High Court in Lagos.