A forensic analyst has confirmed that the documents used by the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele to request the payment of $6.2million for foreign election observers were forged.


The witness, Bamaiyi Meriga, who was called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), during trial, informed the court that there was clear evidence of forgery of signature, and the seal of execution were different from the original.


He also confirmed that the signature was not those of former President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-Secretary General of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

However, counsel for Emefiele, Matthew Burkaa, expressed displeasure over the conduct of the witness, saying that the witness misled the court by evading questions, but the Prosecution Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, objected the defence counsel.


The trial judge, Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, adjourned till March 11 for continuation.

Emefiele is standing trial on 20-count amended charges bordering on corrupt advantages, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and obtaining by false pretences to the tune of $6,230,000.

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