May 19, 2024
Ex-Anambra Governor Obiano Loses Bid To Stop Alleged N4bn Fraud Trial
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Ex-Anambra Governor Obiano Loses Bid To Stop Alleged N4bn Fraud Trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application by Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, a former governor of Anambra State, to quash the N4 billion money laundering charges against him by the Federal Government.

Justice Inyang Ekwo on Thursday rejected all grounds of the application brought by Mr. Obiano, but granted him 60 days to travel abroad for medical treatment.

Mr. Obiano, in his application, claimed that he cannot be held accountable for any alleged unlawful actions by officials of the Anambra State government as there is no concept of vicarious liability in the criminal justice system. 

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While asking the court to dismiss the nine-count charges instituted against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, he also averred that there was no testimony from any witness indicating that he issued directives for the disbursement of security votes and other funds belonging to the Anambra State Government.

Meanwhile, the Judge has fixed June 24, 25, 26 and 27 for full trial of the charges.

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