Former Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano Arraigned by EFCC Over N4 Billion Money Laundering and Corruption Charges

Former Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano Arraigned by EFCC Over N4 Billion Money Laundering and Corruption Charges

Former Anambra Governor Willie Obiano Faces Extensive EFCC Charges

In a significant legal development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the former Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on Wednesday before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The charges, totaling nine counts, encompass allegations related to money laundering, fund diversion, theft, and corruption amounting to a staggering N4 billion.

Court Takes Swift Action: Passport Confiscation and Travel Restrictions

During the court proceedings, lead judge Justice Inyang Ekwo took decisive action by directing the confiscation of Obiano’s passports and travel documents, placing them in the custody of both the court and the Nigeria Immigration Service.

The former governor has also been restricted from traveling outside the jurisdiction without obtaining prior permission from the court, indicating the gravity of the charges.

Specifics of the Charges: N4 Billion Money Laundering Allegations

According to a statement released by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale, the charges against Obiano revolve around allegations of transferring N4 billion from security votes to various accounts.

The funds were purportedly converted into dollars on multiple occasions and received in cash.

The intricate details of the charges include transactions, conversions, and cash receipts, involving key figures such as Uzuegbuna Okagbue, Ayuba Tanko, and Willie Nwokoye.

Detailed Charge Excerpts: Highlighting Transactions and Offenses

Excerpts from the charges provide a glimpse into the complexity of the allegations. Count one of the charge details a cash transaction involving the transfer of N223,371,000 from the Anambra State Government Security Vote Account to Connought International Services Limited, converted to $600,000 and handed over in cash.

Count four outlines an indirect transfer of N1,206,760,310 from the security vote account to Moment of Peace Ventures, unrelated to the state’s security affairs.

Obiano Pleads Not Guilty: Trial Set for March 2024

Despite the weight of the charges, Willie Obiano pleaded not guilty to all nine counts during the court proceedings.

The trial has been adjourned to March 4–7, 2024, marking the commencement of what is expected to be a high-stakes legal battle between the former governor and the EFCC.

The legal proceedings against Obiano highlight the gravity of the allegations and the meticulous detailing of financial transactions, setting the stage for a closely watched trial in the coming months.

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