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Amended 20-count charge: Emefiele enters not guilty plea as court adjourns to Feb

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Amended 20-count charge: Emefiele enters not guilty plea as court adjourns to Feb

The embattled former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, on Friday, pleaded not guilty to the amended criminal charge filed against him by the federal government.

The federal government had on Thursday, amended the criminal charge it filed against the former CBN governor.

The charge was previously six counts but was increased to 20 counts.

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The amended charge borders on criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The former CBN governor was arraigned on November 18, and had pleaded not guilty to the six-count charge.

On Thursday, Rotimi Oyedepo, counsel of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said he had served the defence team with an amended charge.

While responding, Mathew Burkaa, Emefiele’s counsel, said he would need some time to study the new charge before his client could enter a plea.

The court also granted Emefiele permission to travel within Nigeria but restrained him from leaving the country during the pendency of the case.

The presiding judge adjourned the case to January 19.

At the resumed hearing on Friday, Hamza Mu’azu, the presiding judge, read all the 20-count charge to the former CBN governor.

Emefiele pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Subsequently, the presiding judge adjourned the trial to February 12 and 13.

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