By BARTHOLOMEW MADUKWE
The trial of former Enugu State governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, charged with money laundering, before a Federal High Court Lagos, could not go on, yesterday, due to the absence of the trial judge, Justice Mohammed Yunusa, who was said to be away on official assignment.
Sequel to the judge=s absence, a new date March 4, 2014, was therefore fixed for the trial.
At the last adjourned date, on May 16, Justice Yunusa had granted conditional leave to the former governor to travel abroad for a medical check-up and the case was then adjourned till December 12 (yesterday) for trial.
Nnamani had filed an application on April 15, through his counsel, Mr. Ricky Tarfa (SAN), seeking extension of time for the accused to conclude his medical treatment abroad.
He (Nnamani) was said to have been diagnosed of high cholesterol in the blood and also diagnosed of a high level Serum Prostate Surface Antigem, SPA, for which he had been to the United States of America for medical treatment.
The Enugu State former governor was being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alongside seven others, on a 105 count charge of money laundering.
Other accused are: Sunday Anyaogu, Rainbownet (Nig) Ltd, Hillgate (Nig) Ltd, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile (Nig) Ltd, Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.
The anti graft agency in the charge alleged that Nnamani conspired with others to steal N1.4 billion from the Excess Crude Oil Funds allocated to five local governments areas in the state (Aninri, Enugu South, Agwu, Igbo Etiti and Isi Uzor).
Also, the former governor, with the assistance of one Chinero Nwigwe, still at large, allegedly transferred millions of dollars of the state funds to his personal accounts in the USA.
Nnamani and other accused were said to have laundered various sums of money in the tune of N5 billion, and had lodged same in a secret account.