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Court Frees former Enugu Gov. Nnamani of Corruption Charges


Former Enugu State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani has been freed by a Federal High Court, Lagos, Tuesday, of corruption charges.
The case against him as filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was dismissed for lack of “proper charges” before the court.
Justice Chuka Obiozor, the trial Judge, said the affidavit filed by Nnamani showed that the court had entered judgement in the same suit on July 5, 2015, by another Judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa.
Rickey Tarfa, counsel to Nnamani, had informed the court that the defendant filed a motion disclosing the facts that this case has been put to rest by Justice Yunusa in his judgement suit no FHc/L/09c/07.
According to Tarfa, parties in the suit had entered a plea bargain before Yunusa and there is no valid pending charges before Justice Obiozor as the court cannot sit on appeal for the case of another Judge of concurrent jurisdiction.
Kelvin Uzozie, the EFCC prosecutor, said he had looked at the affidavits filed by the defendant in the case and was applying that the entire proceedings be expunged to enable him file fresh charges against the former Governor.
In a short ruling, the Judge said: “I agree that in view of the plea bargain judgement of this court delivered on the 7th of July, 2015, that there is no valid charge before me and I thereby expunge the entire proceedings before me,” the Judge held.

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