- Justice Obiozor insists that ex-governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, must be produced before him in respect of a N5.3bn fraud charge
- Counsel to the former governor, Rickey Tarfa argues that a plea bargain had been entered in the case, leading to the conviction of the 3rd to 8th defendants
A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest former Enugu state governor, Chimaroke Nnamani over alleged corruption charges levelled against him.
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The trial judge, Justice Obiozor, when reinstating a bench warrant for the arrest of former Enugu state governor, on Friday, January 19, insisted that the ex-governor must be produced before him in respect of a N5.3bn fraud charge, The Tribune reports.
The judge also struck out Nnamani’s application challenging the court’s jurisdiction and seeking a perpetual injunction to restrain the EFCC from arresting him.
"The request for an order to discharge the bench warrant against the first defendant before me, for now, is hereby refused. This is without prejudice to the renewal of the application at the next adjourned date,” the judge ruled.
Counsel to the former governor, Rickey Tarfa, however argued that a plea bargain had been entered in the case, leading to the conviction of the 3rd to 8th defendants, but his argument was countered by EFCC counsel Kelvin Uzozie, who explained that though there was a plea bargain in respect of the 3rd to 8th defendants, the case of Nnamani and his ex-aide, Sunday Anyaogu, who were joined as first and second defendants, had yet to be concluded.
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“We are working on an amendment of the charge to reflect the proper situation. We will ask the court to indulge us by way of an adjournment to bring a clean copy of the charge sheet,” Uzozie said.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Chimaroke Nnamani, had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Lagos, on a case filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Guardian reports that Nnamani asked the court to decline jurisdiction in the alleged N5.3 billion suit against him.
At the resumed hearing on Thursday, December 14, Abubakar Samsudeen, a counsel to the former governor, informed the court of his client's decision to challenge its jurisdiction on the matter.
Samsudeen said the application before the court was brought pursuant to sections 6(6) and 36 of the 1999 Constitution.
In his prayer, Nnamani sought a declaration of the court that it lacks the jurisdictional competence to try him and/or determine the offences contained in charge In his argument,
Nnamani said, this would be in respect of the charge that a plea bargain agreement was reached between the parties in the charge with no. FHC/L/90c/07, between FRN vs Chimaroke Nnamani and eight others.
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