In a significant legal development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has officially charged former Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, with nine counts of alleged ₦4bn fraud. The charges span his tenure from March 2014 to March 2022 and were presented before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday.
Obiano, aged 68, entered a plea of not guilty to the money laundering charges during the court proceedings. The case focuses on allegations of financial impropriety during his eight years in office, marking a high-profile corruption scandal.
Sylvanus Tahir, representing the EFCC, requested that Obiano be remanded in the custody of the anti-graft agency. Presently, Obiano is on administrative bail granted by the EFCC, with bail conditions requiring two sureties who are directors in the civil service and own landed properties in Abuja.
Justice Ekwo, presiding over the case, upheld the existing administrative bail conditions. He emphasized that Obiano must stay within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), submit travel documents to the court, and instructed that immigration authorities be alerted regarding the court’s possession of all travel documents.
This legal development underscores the ongoing efforts by anti-corruption agencies to ensure accountability for public officials accused of financial misconduct. The trial is expected to unfold details of the charges, providing insights into the alleged fraudulent activities and the subsequent legal proceedings.
Source: Channels Television
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