he Federal Government has dismissed report of any involvement in a proposed N50 billion non-prosecution plea bargain with former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Few days ago, some news media (not All Legit News) reported that Emefiele is considering a non-prosecution deal, and his willingness to forfeit the sum of N50 billion for his early release from custody and to halt his trial on various charges including money laundering, Public Procurement Act violations, and office abuse.
Reacting to the report, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, dismissed these claims, asserting that neither his office nor the Presidency had engaged in such an agreement with the former CBN Governor.
The Federal Government’s stance was officially communicated through a statement by the Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Modupe Ogundoro, who emphasized that the reports of the plea bargain were entirely untrue.
The ministry confirmed that Emefiele’s legal team had expressed an intention to initiate a plea bargain arrangement in court.
But no such arrangement had been reached with Emefiele or his representatives.
The Ministry urged the media and the public to disregard the false reports, and stated that the Office of the AGF is commited to act in the best interests of the Nigerian public.
The statement partly read: “The attention of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has
been drawn to a report by Sahara Reporters alleging that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the Federal Government of Nigeria, have agreed to a non-prosecution plea bargain arrangement.
“The report further alleges that Mr. Godwin Emefiele and the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, have signed a non-prosecution plea bargain agreement and that the agreement is awaiting the signature of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice hereby states clearly that these reports are completely false.
“It would be noted that the legal team representing Mr. Godwin Emefiele had expressed their intention in court at the last hearing to initiate a plea bargain
arrangement. However, no such arrangement has been reached with Mr. Godwin Emefiele or his
Emefiele was relieved of his duty by President Tinubu and has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) ever since.