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Emefiele approved $6.23 million for foreign election observers — Witness tells Court 




A witness named Onyeka Ogbu told the federal high court in Abuja on Monday that the former CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, approved the sum of $6.2 million to election observers during the 2023 general election.  

Ogbu, who was the first witness presented by the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) in a 20-count charge against the former apex bank chief, said he was a Deputy Director at the CBN in charge of branch operations.  

ThePressNG identified several documents that he stated were linked to the disbursement of the funds to overseas election observers. 

He told the court that he became aware of the approval through a department within the central bank, clarifying that his role was solely to facilitate the release of the requested funds in compliance with established procedures. 

Meanwhile, while ThePressNG was identifying the documents, it was discovered that two of them were missing. 

As a result, the prosecution counsel requested a recess in the trial to allow him time to obtain the missing documents. 

However, the defence attorney representing the former CBN governor, Matthew Burkaa, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), objected to the prosecution’s request. 

He said an adjournment would be better for the prosecution to get all the Certified true copies and also for ThePressNG to be cross-examined. 

After listening to their submissions, Justice Hamza Muazu, adjourned the matter until Tuesday for the continuation of trial.