REVEALED! How Emefiele awarded contracts to wife, brother-in-law as CBN Gov, witness tells Court

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The seventh prosecution witness has told court that the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, awarded contracts to companies owned by his wife and brother-in-law.

NAIJAONPOINT , Michael Agboro, told the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja that the contracts were approved by Emefiele when he was the apex bank governor.

He also said that Emefiele was an employee of the CBN and not a member of the tender’s board or procurement department.

Emefiele is facing trial on a 20-count amended charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at FCT High Court.

The former CBN boss is accused of criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to obtain by false pretences, and obtaining money by false pretences during his tenure as the CBN governor.

The EFCC has accused Emefiele of forging a document titled “Re: Presidential Directive on Foreign Election Observer Missions” dated January 26, 2023, with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201, purportedly from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Also, Emefiele is accused of using his position to confer unfair and corrupt advantages on two companies: April 1616 Nigeria Ltd and Architekon Nigeria Ltd.

Agboro, an investigator with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), was cross-examined by Emefiele’s counsel, Mathew Burkaa (SAN).

When asked if Emefiele conferred unfair and corrupt advantages on himself, Agboro responded that Emefiele conferred these advantages on Saadatu Yaro, a public officer working under him, as well as on his wife and brother-in-law.

NAIJAONPOINT admitted that the investigation focused on Emefiele, his wife, relatives, and associates, revealing that Emefiele was not a director, shareholder, or account signatory in either April 1616 Nigeria Ltd or Architekon Nigeria Ltd.

He also noted there was no evidence of any payment made to Emefiele by these companies during his duties at the CBN.

When asked if they interviewed people in the CBN to verify whether the two firms executed their contracted jobs, Agboro confirmed they did but could not recall if this was included in the final report.

Led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN), on March 11, Agboro tendered several documents, including company registration documents and records of contract awards and payments.

He added that his team’s investigation, which included members from the ICPC, EFCC, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), and the Department of State Services (DSS), showed that while Yaro, a director of April 1616, was a public officer with the CBN, Emefiele’s wife, Margaret Omoyile, and his brother-in-law, Mac Congo, were directors in Architekon.

He said, “We limited our investigation to him, his wife, relatives and associates.

“Our findings revealed that the defendant was not a director or shareholder or an account signatory in either April1616 limited or Architekon Nigeria limited.”

The trial judge, Justice Hamza Muazu, adjourned the matter until Tuesday, June 25 for the re-examination of NAIJAONPOINT .