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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC yesterday opposed the application of a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN, GODWIN EMEFIELEfor the release of his passport to enable him to make an overseas medical trip.

Spokesman for the anti-graft commissionDELE OYEWALE said the
defense counsel LABI-LAWAL had filed an affidavit seeking the release of EMEFIELE’spassport to enable him to travel to the UNITED KINGDOM for medical treatments which theyobjected to.

Prosecution counsel MUHAMMAD ABBAS OMEIZA in furtherance to the counter-affidavit told the court that there was no medical report before the court showing that EMEFIELE was plagued by an ailment and that if there was, there was no evidence to support that it could not be treated locally in Nigeria.

OMEIZA further noted that EMEFIELEdeposited his passport with the court as part of the fulfillment of his bail conditions, arguing that releasing it to him would amount to the court varying his bail conditions.

Justice MU’AZU after listening to both counsels, adjourned ruling on the application till July 16, 2024.

Written by: Ella Adike

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