- Few months to the end of his tenure, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has reportedly been placed on watchlist by the EFCC
- The anti-graft agency wrote the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), asking to be informed whenever Obiano attempts travelling out of the country
- However, Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC, said he had not briefed on the development
According to a letter dated November 15 and addressed to the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the commission asked to be informed whenever Obiano is seen attempting to travel out of the country.
It is not clear why the EFCC placed Obiano on its watchlist.
However, the newspaper cited anonymous sources as saying that the Anambra governor is being investigated by the antigraft agency.
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Also reporting the development, Premium Times cited "knowledgeable sources" as saying that the move is an indication that the agency may have been discreetly investigating the governor and possibly have intelligence that he plans to travel after handing over power to his successor, Charles Soludo.
Obiano is expected to hand over to Soludo on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said he had not briefed on the development.
Fani-Kayode speaks after alleged arrest by EFCC over forgery
In other news, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has denied being arrested by the EFCC.
The spokesman of the anti-graft agency, Uwujaren, had earlier confirmed Fani-Kayode’s arrest on Tuesday evening, November 23. He was reported to have been nabbed and subsequently taken to the Lagos Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency for alleged manipulation and forgery of documents.
However, taking to his Facebook page, Fani-Kayode said he was only invited by the anti-graft agency, not arrested.
Forgery allegations against Fani-Kayode: EFCC begins fresh investigation
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Fani-Kayode was being investigated on a fresh case bordering on forgery before a Federal High Court in Lagos.
The International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) had reported that the Lagos command of the EFCC was expecting Fani-Kayode on Wednesday, November 24. He was reportedly expected to answer questions on possible forgery of hospital documents to deceive the court handling his money-laundering case with a view to stalling the hearing.
The anti-graft agency after receiving the defendant’s latest letter observed the trend in Fani-Kayode’s letters getting adjournments.