Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has applied for bail on self-recognizance while awaiting the resolution of charges filed against him by the Federal Government. The bail application was submitted by Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), a former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, who leads a team of ten lawyers, including five other SANs, representing Emefiele.
The case has been assigned to Justice Nicholas Oweibo for further proceedings.
Emefiele has refuted the gun possession-related charge in a nine-ground application, asserting that he is not guilty and poses no flight risk, assuring that he will not evade bail if granted.
In a separate development, the Department of State Services (DSS) claims that Maxwell Okpara, described as a lawyer for the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is also representing the suspended CBN Governor, Emefiele. The DSS tweeted about Okpara’s involvement in the case, expressing concerns about mobilization against the DSS Director General, Yusuf Bichi.
The tweet further raises questions about the connection between Emefiele’s defense and IPOB’s representation, expressing a need for Okpara to be properly educated on points of law. The situation is being closely monitored as legal proceedings continue.