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N5.4bn scam: EFCC files fresh charges against Nnamani, 10 others

*As Ladoja wants stay of proceedings on corruption case

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday told a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, that it will file fresh corruption charges against Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, former Enugu State Governor and 10 others.

It would be recalled that the matter has just be re-assigned to another judge, Justice Charles Archibong, following the transfer of the former judge handling the matter, Justice Tijani Abukakar. Since the matter started in 2007, it had suffered several adjournment. Counsel to EFCC, asked the court at the resumed hearing in the matter, which is starting afresh, for an adjournment to enable the commission file and serve the fresh charge on the accused persons.

The court granted the request and adjourned the matter to July 22, 2010, for the possible re-arraignment of the accused persons.

Nnamani was arraigned on a 124-count charge of fraud and laundering the sum of N5.4 billion before Justice Abubakar in 2007 but since then the trial has not begin owing to different application by the former Governor.

Other accused person in the case are Peter Mbah, Sam Ejiofor, Victor Udeh, Sunday Anyaogu, Sylvia Onwuebuemeri, Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Hiigate Nigeria Limited, Cosmos 105 FM, Capital City Automobile, Renaissance UniversIty Teaching Hospital.

Similarly, former Oyo State Governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, yesterday asked another Federal High Court, Lagos, to stay further proceedings in the corruption charges against him pending the outcome of an appeal he filed against an earlier ruling of the court.

Ladoja’s counsel, told the court that his client had appealed against the ruling of March 31 delivered by the former judge handling the case, Justice Ramat Mohammed, which dismissed his application for an order quashing the corruption charges against him.


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