The federal government has taken legal action against suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, by filing a two-count charge related to the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. According to the charge sheet obtained by our correspondent, Emefiele is accused of possessing a single-barrel shotgun without a license, as well as being in possession of 123 rounds of live ammunition without proper authorization. These offenses are in violation of the Firearms Act and carry penalties under the law.

The case has been presented before the Federal High Court in Lagos, although it has not yet been assigned to a judge. Emefiele has been in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 10 for “investigative reasons,” as stated by the agency’s spokesperson, Dr. Peter Afunanya. Previously, the DSS had announced that Emefiele would be charged following a ruling from an Abuja High Court, although specific details were not initially disclosed.

As the legal process unfolds, the case will be assigned to a judge, likely on Monday, according to sources familiar with the matter. The charges against Emefiele allege his possession of a single-barrel shotgun without a license and the possession of live ammunition without proper authorization.

The outcome of this case will determine the legal consequences for Emefiele, who served as the suspended CBN Governor. The developments surrounding this high-profile trial will continue to garner attention and scrutiny as it progresses through the court system.