Court grants Emefiele permission to travel out of FCT

A federal capital territory (FCT) high court has granted Godwin Emefiele, ousted Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, permission to travel outside the nation’s capital.

Justice Hamza Muazu granted the request on Thursday, with the condition that Mr Emefiele must remain within the country.

The former CBN governor, arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and granted bail, was restricted to the FCT.

The 20-count charge against Mr Emefiele has been amended to 6-count charge, including criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to commit felony.

After his release from Kuje correctional centre, his lawyer, Mathew Bukka, SAN, requested a variation of the bail terms which was not opposed by the lawyer of the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, SAN.

Mr Oyedepo urged the court to grant his request on the condition that he will sign undertaking to remain within Nigeria if his plea was granted.