EFFC arraigns ex-gov Obiano today over alleged N4bn fraud

EFFC arraigns ex-gov Obiano today over alleged N4bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will today (Wednesday) arraign a former governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, for alleged N4,008,573,350 theft.

According to The PUNCH, the EFCC’s spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, confirmed the development while noting that Obiano would be arraigned on Wednesday (today).

“Yes, we’re arraigning Obiano tomorrow,” Oyewale said

The agency would arraign Obiano on nine counts, bordering on “stealing and corruption”, before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The EFCC’s lead counsel, Sylvanus Tahir (SAN), will lead eight other lawyers in the trial of the former governor.

In a copy of the charge sheet, the EFCC alleged that between February 7 and 18, 2018, Obiano “indirectly transferred, through Willie Nwokoye, your then principal private secretary, the sum of N156,800.00 only from the Anambra State Government Security Vote Account No: 5030050875 domiciled in Fidelity Bank Pic into the Fidelity Bank Plc Account No: 6060018819 belonging to C.I. Patty Ventures Nigeria Limited (an entity that had no business relationship with the Anambra State Government).

The EFCC alleged that “funds were dissipated for purposes unrelated/unconnected with the security affairs of Anambra State, which you reasonably ought to have known that such funds formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful act, to wit: (stealing and corruption) and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) in 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”


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