More woes for Emefiele as FG denies plea bargain agreement

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There seems to be no end in sight to the ongoing trial of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele as the Federal Government has denied the signing of a plea bargain agreement.

It was widely reported that Emefiele who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS since June 10, a day after he was suspended by President Bola Tinubu, allegedly resigned as part of the plea bargain.

However, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has refuted the reports that a non-prosecution plea bargain has been signed.

Emefiele and his associates were slated for arraignment over N6.9bn procurement fraud at the Federal Capital Territory High Court in August.

To date, the case had been stalled, fuelling speculation he had opted for a plea bargain with the FG on the matter.

A report recently claimed that Emefiele and the Federal Government, represented by the AGF, had signed a plea bargain, while the signature of President Bola Tinubu was being awaited to complete the process.

However, in a statement on Sunday by the spokesman for the Ministry of Justice, Modupe Ogundoro, the AGF described the report as false.

The AGF said no such agreement exists between his office and the embattled former CBN governor.

“The attention of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to reports alleging that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and the Federal Government of Nigeria have agreed to a non-prosecution plea bargain arrangement.

“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice hereby states clearly that these reports are completely false.

“It would be noted that the legal team representing Godwin Emefiele had expressed its intention in court at the last hearing to initiate a plea bargain arrangement. However, no such arrangement has been reached with Mr Godwin Emefiele or his representatives.”