The Federal Capital Territory High Court has given a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele permission to move outside the capital city, Abuja
The court gave this permission after listening to the application for variation of the terms of Emefiele’s bail filed through his lawyer, Mathew Bukka. But, the court also insisted that the new permission did not allow the embattled former CBN governor to travel out of Nigeria.
The court ordered that Emefiele should be immediately released to his lawyers.
He, however, charged Emefiele’s lawyers with the responsibility of producing him in court for his arraignment next week or any other day and ordered Emefiele to deposit his passport and other travel documents before the registrar of the court, pending his arraignment.
Government sources had told SaharaReporters how the judge had been put under the spotlight over his handling of Emefiele’s bail.
One, the judge was accused of refusing to allow Emefiele to be processed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after granting him bail.
Two, even though the judge directed that Emefiele’s “international documents must be deposited with the registrar of this court pending the determination of his case”, sources said that was not done by the former CBN governor and his lawyers, yet he was allowed to go home.