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EFCC moves to send ex-gov Obiano to prison

....Reveals it has strong evidence

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to dismiss former Anambra State governor Willie Obiano’s application to quash a nine-count money laundering charge against him.

The anti-graft agency stated that it has gathered enough evidence to ensure the conviction of Mr Willie Obiano.

In response to Obiano’s motion to strike out the nine count money laundering charge, the EFCC presented a counter-affidavit, stressing that the proof of evidence presented established a prima facie case requiring the defendant to face trial.

The Commission stated, “the charge and the proof of evidence disclosed a prima facie case and linked the defendant with the allegations constituted in the charge,” countering Obiano’s claims.

Also, the commission challenged Obiano’s argument that his trial should be stopped based on the statement by the Anambra state government that its funds were intact.

The EFCC argued that since the state government was not a party in the case, it lacked the legal standing to challenge the proceedings.

The EFCC maintained its stance in the affidavit, highlighting that “Anambra state government is not a defendant in the instant proceedings and the defendant is not Anambra state.”

However, following arguments from both sides, trial Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the matter until April 18 for a ruling.

 

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