The FG charges Emefiele with illegally possessing a firearm

Godwin Emefiele, the suspended governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has been charged in the Federal High Court with two counts of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

According to a report by Channels Television on Sunday, the Federal Government accused Emefiele of illegally possessing a shotgun with a single barrel.

The government asserted that the offense violates Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Emefiele was additionally accused of possessing 123 rounds of live ammunition without a license.

The case has not yet been allocated a judge, Daily Post has learned. Nevertheless, there are signs that it will be designated the following week.

Since June 10, the Department of State Service has been holding the suspended CBN Governor. DSS asserted it was for “investigative purposes.”

In a related development, his arrest and detention by the DSS were voided by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.

Emefiele had petitioned the court, through his attorney, to invalidate his arrest and detention on the grounds that they were unlawful, in light of the December 2012 ruling of another court.

Justice Bello Kawu ruled that his arrest and detention violated the existing judgment and orders of a different justice of the Court.

Therefore, he issued a restraining order prohibiting the DSS from arresting, detaining, or interfering with Emefiele’s freedom of movement and personal liberty.