For the second time in a row, the scheduled arraignment of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and his associates over an alleged N6.9 billion procurement fraud, has been postponed.
Today’s arraignment, initially set for Wednesday, October 23, at a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja, did not take place as the case was not included in the court’s cause list.
Neither party’s lawyers nor any explanation to the press was present at the court.
This recurrence follows a previous delay on August 17, attributed to the absence of the second defendant, Sa’adatu Yaro, who was reported to be unwell.
Justice Hamza Muazu, the presiding judge, adjourned the proceedings until August 23, when the defendants are expected to be arraigned.
Emefiele is grappling with 20 charges encompassing procurement fraud, conspiracy, and bestowing corrupt benefits upon his associates.