EFCC blocks Emefiele’s request for medical treatment abroad: ‘He will be tempted not to pay bail’

EFCC blocks Emefiele’s request for medical treatment abroad: ‘He will be tempted not to pay bail’

  • Former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has suffered a major setback over his application
  • The court fixed a date to rule on Emefiele’s application seeking permission to travel abroad for medical treatment, but the EFCC filed a counter-affidavit, challenging the application
  • Dele Oyewale, EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, confirmed the development via a statement and shared more details

Legitimate.ng Journalist Esther Odili has more than two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dismissed an application by former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for the release of his international passport.

Emefiele faces new setback
Former CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has been obstructed by the EFCC in his quest to get treatment abroad. Photo credit: CBN
Source: Facebook

Recall that Emefiele had applied to the FCT High Court in Abuja for permission to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Read also

Alleged N80bn Fraud: Bello Suffers Setback As Court Dismisses Former Governor’s Request To Transfer Case To Kogi

His lawyer, Mathew Burkaa, highlighted the pending request during Tuesday’s proceedings, but did not disclose the specific destination.

PAY ATTENTION: Discover the news that is precisely chosen for you ➡️ find the “Recommended for you” block on the homepage and enjoy!

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

But the EFCC on Monday, July 8, opposed Emefiele’s application, The Punch reported.

In a counter affidavit, Muhammad Abbas Omeiza, the prosecution counsel, told the court that there was no medical report before the court showing the profile of Emefiele’s disease, Leadership reported.

Omeiza said there was no evidence to support the claim that Emefiele’s disease could not be treated in Nigeria.

As reported by The Cable, Dele Oyewale, the EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Read also

Peter Obi commends EFCC chairman, lists types of corruption anti-graft agency should focus on investigating

“Omeiza also noted that Emefiele had deposited his passport with the court as part of the execution of his bail conditions, arguing that surrendering it to him would amount to the court varying his bail conditions,” the statement added.

Oyewale noted that the EFCC counsel also argued that Emefiele was a flight risk.

Emefiele loses 12 billion naira assets

Legitimate.ng It was earlier reported that the Federal High Court, Lagos, had ordered the permanent forfeiture of properties worth over N11.14 billion and N1.04 billion allegedly belonging to former CBN Governor Emefiele to the Federal Government.

The properties, located in upscale areas of Abuja, were allegedly acquired with proceeds of illegal activities.

The court order was issued following a petition filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Proofread by Nkem Ikeke, journalist and editor at Legit.ng.

Source: Legit.ng