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Alleged N5.3bn Fraud: Ex-Enugu gov, Nnamani challenges court’s jurisdiction to try him

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).

Former Gov. Chimaroke Nnamani

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.

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