Buhari’s signature was forged to move $6.2million out of CBN under Godwin Emefiele

Buhari’s signature was forged to move $6.2million from CBN under Godwin Emefiele

The trial of former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, governor, Godwin Emefiele, continued on Thursday before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

Emefiele is standing trial before Justice Muazu on 20-count amended charges bordering on corrupt advantages, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and obtaining by false pretenses to the tune of $6,230,000.

At the resumed hearing, a forensic analyst confirmed that a document used to request the payment of $6.2million for foreign election observers was forged.

The witness, Bamaiyi Meriga, called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, informed the court that following forensic analysis of the disputed documents, he discovered that there was clear evidence of forgery of signature, adding that the seal of execution was different from the original.

He also confirmed that the signatures were not those of former President Muhammadu Buhari and the ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

Two documents, including presidential directive on foreign observers, were admitted in evidence by the trial judge, justice Muazu.

Under cross-examination by counsel for Emefiele, the witness said he was not a staff of the EFCC, and was not being paid by the anti-graft agency but that his salary was domiciled with the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Counsel for Emefiele, Matthew Burkaa, expressed displeasure over the conduct of the witness, saying that the witness misled the court by evading questions.

However, the Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, was not happy with the claims made by the defence counsel.

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