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Court orders arrest of ex-gov of Enugu state

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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a former Enugu governor, Chimaroke Nnamani.

The presiding judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor, made the order of arrest following the failure of the former governor’s lawyer, to give any reasonable evidence as to why his client was absent in court.

Nnamani is currently charged with an alleged fraud of N5.3billion. His lawyer told the court that he had undergone a heart surgery in the United States and this was responsible for his absence, but the prosecution said the photographs brought by the lawyer as proof was taken in 2014.

The former governor was to be re-arraigned before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly laundering N4.5 billion an offence said to have been committed during his tenure as governor of Enugu state between 1999 and 2007.

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos state, had, earlier on December 30, adjourned the N4.5 billion money-laundering trial of Nnamani to today, Monday, December 4.

This move to re-arraign the former Governor is coming 10 years after he was first arraigned alongside his aide, Sunday Anyaogu, and six firms.