EFCC opposes Emefiele’s request to travel abroad for medical reasons

EFCC opposes Emefiele’s request to travel abroad for medical reasons

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, July 8, 2024, opposed the application by a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to release his passport to enable him undertake a medical trip abroad.

Defence counsel, Labi-Lawal, had filed an affidavit seeking the release of Emefiele’s passport to enable him travel to the UK for medical treatment, which the EFCC opposed.

Monday’s defense affidavit and prosecution counter-affidavit followed those filed earlier on this issue on June 25, 2024 by both teams.

Prosecution counsel Muhammad Abbas Omeiza, in response to the counter affidavit, told the court
that there was no medical report before the court showing that Emefiele had any disease, and that there was no evidence to support that the disease could not be treated locally in Nigeria.

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Omeiza also noted that Emefiele
deposited his passport with the court as part of his bail enforcement
conditions, arguing that handing it over to him would amount to the court changing his bail conditions.

While arguing that Emefiele was a flight risk, the prosecution counsel noted that “the accused has accomplices all over the world. Anita and Tony are both assistants of the accused who are currently in the United Kingdom. The accused may be tempted to skip bail because he is being tried in three different courts.”

In response, the defense lawyer dismissed the prosecution’s arguments as speculative, noting that the prosecution can issue an international red alert against the accused to enable his arrest if he has taken a medical trip abroad and refused to return.

Judge Mu’azu, after hearing from both lawyers, adjourned his decision on the application until July 16, 2024.