Suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, is facing a two-count charge filed by the Federal Government (FG) for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

The charges were presented before the Federal High Court in Lagos State.


The charge sheet, observed on Saturday, alleges that Emefiele unlawfully possessed a single-barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) without the necessary license.

The FG claims that this act violates Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and is punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.


In addition, the second count accuses Emefiele of having 123 rounds of live ammunition (Cartridges) without the required license, which contravenes Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004.

This offense is punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act.


Currently, the case has not been assigned to a judge, but it is expected to be done in the coming week, according to reports.


It should be noted that Emefiele has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 10.

The DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, stated that this custody was for “investigative reasons.” Afunanya also revealed in a statement on Thursday that the DSS had taken Emefiele to court based on a ruling from the Abuja High Court.

One of the charges states as follows:


“That on or about June 15, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, Godwin Emefiele, a male residing at No. 8 Colorado Street, Maitama, Abuja, was found in possession of an unlicensed Single Barrel shotgun (JOJEFF MAGNUM 8371) at No. 3b Iru Close, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government, Lagos State. This act constitutes an offense under Section 4 of the Firearms Act, Cap. F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, and is punishable under Section 27 (1b) of the same Act.”

Count Two reads as follows:


“That on or about June 15, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, Godwin Emefiele, a male residing at No. 8 Colorado Street, Maitama Abuja, was found in possession of One Hundred and Twenty-Three (123) rounds of live ammunition (cartridges) at No. 3b Iru Close, Ikoyi, Eti Osa Local Government, Lagos State, without a license. By doing so, the accused has committed an offense contrary to Section 8 of the Firearms Act Cap F28 Laws of the Federation 2004, punishable under Section 27 (1)(b)(il) of the same Act.”

By Chinedu

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