Court dismisses corruption charges against ex-Enugu governor, Nnamani
Written by Morenike Adebayo on February 20, 2018
A federal high court sitting in Lagos has dismissed the corruption charges against a former governor of Enugu state,ChimarokeNnamani.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused Nnamani of laundering four-point-five billion naira while in office between 1999 and 2007.
He was to be re-arraigned before the court today after he was first arraigned in 2007. During the hearing, Nnamani’s counsel,Rickey Tarfa, informed the court of an application he had filed disclosing the result of the plea agreement, which according to him, led to the institution and determination of the charges against the defendants in July 2015
The lawyer said in view of the plea bargain agreement entered into by parties, there is no longer any valid charge pending before the court as ChukaObiozor, the judge cannot seat on an appeal of the previous one.
The EFCC prosecutor, Kelvin Uzozie, said after looking at the affidavits filed by the defendant, he is of the view that the entire proceedings should be expunged to enable the prosecution file fresh charges against the defendant.