Court Orders Arrest of Ex-Enugu Governor for Failure to Appear in Court

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Monday ordered the arrest of the Former Governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani.
The presiding Justice Chuka Obiozor, who issued the bench warrant for the arrest of Nnamani, said Nnamani’s lawyer, Shamsudeen Abubakar, failed to justify or give reasonable evidence as to why the ex-Governor was absent in court Monday.
Nnamani is being prosecuted for alleged money laundering to the tune of N4.5bn, an offence he allegedly committed during his tenure as Governor of Enugu State between 1999 and 2007.
He was charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The court also ordered the arrest of the aide, Sunday Anyaogu.
Both defendants were first arraigned in 2007 alongside their companies, Rainbownet Nigeria Limited; Hillgate Nigeria Limited; Cosmo FM; Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited; Renaissance University Teaching Hospital; and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.
In 2015, all the companies pleaded guilty to the charges but the trial of Nnamani and Anyaogu continued to stall due to the former Governor’s frequent travels abroad to treat a heart ailment.
Justice Obiozor, who is the fourth Judge to handle the matter has made it clear to the parties in the case that he would not tolerate any attempt to further delay the trial.
Justice Obiozor ordered the arrest of the former Governor after rejecting photographs presented to the court by Nnamani’s lawyer, who claimed his client had undergone a heart surgery in the United States and so, could not come to the court for his re-arraignment.
However, the prosecution said the photographs brought by the lawyer as proof were taken in 2014.
Justice Obiozor adjourned the case till December 14 for the re-arraignment of the two defendants.

Author: News Editor

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