Documents Used by Emefiele to Request $6.2m Payment for Observers Were Forged, Forensic Analyst Reveals


In the ongoing trial of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja, a crucial revelation emerged on Thursday.

A forensic analyst, Bamaiyi Meriga, testifying on behalf of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), confirmed that documents used to request a $6.2 million payment for foreign election observers during the 2023 polls were indeed forged.

Meriga’s testimony shed light on the discrepancies found during forensic analysis, particularly in the signatures and seals on the documents.

Notably, the signatures purportedly belonging to former President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Secretary General of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, were found to be fraudulent.

In response to the witness’s testimony, the trial judge, Justice Muazu, admitted the disputed documents as evidence, further solidifying the case against Emefiele.

Despite attempts by Emefiele’s counsel Matthew Burkaa,to discredit the witness, the prosecution remained steadfast in presenting the evidence to the court.

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Meanwhile, the Prosecution Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, was not not happy with the defence counsel.

The trial, adjourned until March 11 for continuation, revolves around Emefiele facing charges including corruption, conspiracy, forgery, and obtaining by false pretenses. Specifically, he is accused of impersonating the SGF to unlawfully obtain $6.2 million.

However,Mid-February, ex-SGF Mustapha testified before the court and said he knew nothing about the transaction up till the time he left office at the end of May 2023, adding that having served for five years and seven months, the document in contention didn’t emanate from the office of the then President Buhari.

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