Nigerian authorities accuse ex-governor of $6m theft

Emefiele has denied all charges but prosecutors say cheque to president was forged

Godwin Emefiele
Godwin Emefiele

Nigerian prosecutors have accused former central bank governor Godwin Emfiele of stealing $6.2 million by forging a cheque from the country’s then-president. 

Emefiele led the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from 2015 until June 2023, when Nigeria’s newly elected president Bola Tinubu effectively forced him out of office. The Department of State Services, a security organisation reporting to the president, arrested Emefiele shortly after he resigned. 

The former governor is currently facing 20

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