By Onozure Dania
Lagos—Former Enugu State governor, Mr. Chimaroke Nnamani has challenged a Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, that it does not have the jurisdiction to try him over alleged N5.3 billion fraud filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Justice Chuka Obiozor, had on December 4, issued a bench warrant against the former governor and one Sunday Onyekazuru Anyaogu, over their failure to appear before the court to take their pleas on the criminal charge filed against them by the EFCC.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Nnamani’s lawyer, Abubakar Samsudeen informed the court of his client’s application challenging the court’s jurisdiction to try his client.
Samsudeen told the court that the application was brought pursuant to sections 6(6) and 36 of the 1999 Constitution. Nnamani through his lawyer also sought for a declaration that it lacks jurisdiction to try him and or determine the offences contained in charge No. FHC/L/90c/07, between FRN vs Chimaroke Nnamani and eight others, in respect of which a plea agreement was reached between parties.
He also prayed the court for an order setting aside the said charge.
And an order restraining government, it’s agents, privies, or any other persons from inviting, instituting, maintaining or otherwise prosecuting them in respect of the same charge.