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Money laundering: Court adjourns Nnamani’s case

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By Innocent Anaba

Lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday adjourned till October 22, 3009, further hearing in the alleged money laundering charge against former Enugu state Governor, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani.

Meanwhile, a former Permanent Secretary in Enugu state, Sylvia Onwuebemeli, who is standing trial alongside Nnamani, has asked the court to strike-out her name from the charge, contending that she was not implicated in any way in the charge going
by the proof of evidence tendered  by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Commission is prosecuting Nnamani and 11 others on an amended 124-count charge of alleged laundering of about N5.4 billion of the state funds between 2003 and 2007.

Sylvia Onwuebemeli in the application, is arguing that the proof of evidence filed by the EFCC didn’t support the allegation against her and that there was no link between her and the charge and that the proof of evidence didn’t disclose any case against her.

At yesterday’s hearing in the matter, EFCC’s counsel Mr Olapade Fakunle (SAN) said that he needed more time to study the application of the sixth accused person (Onwuebemeli).

Nnamani is similarly challenging the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Lagos to try him on alleged money laundering charge that took place in Enugu State.

The workers marched to the Divisional Police Headquarters, chanting war songs and called for the immediate release of their leaders but it was not clear at press time, if the labour leaders were eventually released.

Reacting to the development, a dependable ally of the council boss told Vanguard in confidence that “the present administration inherited a staggering debt”, adding that “the chairman has resisted the temptation of securing more loans from financial institutions to run the affairs of the council”.

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