Ex-SGF Mustapha Testifies in Emefiele’s Trial on $6.2 Million Fraud

On Tuesday, Boss Mustapha appeared in Abuja’s FCT High Court for the continuing trial of former Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele is on trial before Justice Muazu on 20 amended counts of corruption, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery, and receiving $6,230,000 under false pretences.

He was accused of impersonating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in order to illegally obtain $6.2 million.

Mustapha testified as Prosecution Witness 2 about his involvement in the alleged $6.2 million fraud case against Emefiele.

Boss Mustapha stated that he was unaware of the transaction until he left office, and that the document did not originate from the President’s office despite his five years and seven months of service.

On Monday, Onyeka Ogbu, a First Prosecution Witness (PW1), described how the former CBN governor approved the payment of $6,230,000 in cash for international election observers during the 2023 general election.

Ogbu, the national bank’s Deputy Director of Branch Operations, evaluated and authorised the $6.2 million payment request for release.

On Tuesday, the former SGF stepped into the courtroom of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja.

The former SGF indicated that during his whole tenure in government, he had never heard of the term “Special Appropriation Provision.”

He knows two terms: “appropriation” and “supplementary.”

Mustapha further stated that in all correspondences he has received from former President Muhammadu Buhari, he has never closed with “Please accept with my utmost regard,” claiming the signature was a botched attempt to reproduce Buhari’s signature.

Mustapha believes the Nigerian government has no business paying foreign election observers.

The decisions of the Federal Executive Council are not communicated to him via letter.

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