I Am Not Guilty of Illegal Possession of Firearms – Emiefele Pleads

The suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, has pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the two counts of alleged illegal possession of firearms and ammunition when he was arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

Emefiele is facing two counts bordering on the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition preferred against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice before the vacation judge, Justice Nicholas Oweibo.

The Ministry of Justice, in the charge, accused Emefiele of possessing a single-barrelled shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without a license. Additionally, the agency alleged that he was in illegal possession of 23 rounds of live ammunition (cartridges) without a license.

The FMJ stated that the defendant committed the offenses on June 15, at No. 3b Iru Close, Ikoyi area of Lagos.

According to the charge, the offenses committed contravene Section 4 and Section 8 of the Firearms Cap F28 laws of the Federation Act 2004 and are punishable under Section 27 (1)(b) (I),(II) of the same Act.

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