Emefiele: Ex-SGF Testifies On Documents Used To Pay Election Observers $6.2m Were Not From His Office

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Boss Mustapha, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), testified in Godwin Emefiele’s ongoing trial as the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja.

Emefiele is on trial before Justice Muazu for a total of twenty-count modified accusations that include conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery, corrupt advantages, and gaining $6,230,000 by false pretenses.

He was charged with pretending to be the SGF in order to obtain $6.2 million illegally.

Prosecution Witness 2 Mustapha stated that he was unaware of the transaction until the end of May 2023, when he departed from his position. He further stated that, although serving for five years and seven months, the disputed document was not produced by the then-President Muhammadu Buhari’s office.

The former governor of CBN allowed the payment of $6,230,000 in cash for foreign election observers in the general election of 2023, according to testimony provided by Onyeka Ogbu, a First Prosecution Witness (PW1), on Monday.

The $6.2 million payment request for disbursement was examined and approved by Ogbu, the top bank’s Deputy Director of Branch Operations.

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The former SGF said in court on Tuesday that he had never heard of a “Special Appropriation Provision” throughout his whole tenure in office.

He is familiar with the concepts “appropriation” and “supplementary.”

Mustapha said that the former president never ended a letter to him with “Please accept with my highest regard,” claiming that the signature was an attempt to mimic the prior president’s handwriting that had failed.

Mustapha asserts that the Federal Government is not in the business of paying outside observers for elections. He does not receive letters outlining decisions made by the Federal Executive Council.

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