EFCC Dismisses Anambra State Government’s Appeal in Obiano’s Trial

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has clarified that the Anambra State Government’s appeal challenging its authority to investigate and try former Governor Willie Obiano holds no bearing on the ongoing trial, emphasizing that the government is not a defendant in the case.

Obiano, who faces charges related to alleged N4 billion theft and misuse of security vote funds, had sought to quash the charges, citing the state government’s appeal as grounds for the court to lack jurisdiction over issues regarding security vote funds.

In response, the EFCC, in a counter-affidavit, asserted that the referenced appeal has no relevance to the charges against Obiano. The agency maintained that the charges and evidence presented establish a prima facie case against him, dismissing claims of witch-hunting and asserting the legitimacy of the charges as a result of a thorough investigation.

During the proceedings, Obiano’s counsel urged the court to grant his client’s request, while the EFCC’s counsel urged dismissal of the application, maintaining that security votes can be probed when misappropriated, as they are subject to accountability like any other funds.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, the trial judge, adjourned the case until April 18, 2024, for ruling on Obiano’s application, indicating the continued legal battle over the charges leveled against the former governor.

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