You Can’t Prosecute Me In Abuja For Anambra Crimes – Ex-Gov Obiano Challenges EFCC

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You Can’t Prosecute Me in Abuja for Anambra Crimes – Ex-Gov Obiano Challenges EFCC

Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, the former Governor of Anambra State, has taken a stand against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) by asserting that he cannot be prosecuted in Abuja for alleged fraud crimes committed in Anambra State.

This assertion was made during a court session at the Federal High Court in Abuja, where Obiano’s legal representation sought to question the jurisdiction of the court over the charges brought against him.

Obiano’s legal contention stems from his arrest on March 17, 2022, at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, as he was about to depart for Houston, United States.

The EFCC had been monitoring Obiano due to allegations of corruption and subsequently arraigned him before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja on nine counts related to “stealing and corruption.” It was alleged that Obiano misappropriated N4,008,573,350 from security votes.

Despite being granted bail, with conditions including the surrender of his travel documents to the court registrar and a restriction to the court’s jurisdiction, Obiano’s legal team, led by Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu SAN, argued that the trial should not proceed in Abuja.

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By Abia ThinkTank

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