A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday morning issued a bench warrant for the arrest for the arrest of a former governor of Enugu State Mr. Chimaroke Nnamani. He was governor between 1999 and 2007. He is currently facing a ten count charge of laundering about six billion naira belonging to Enugu State. The case was instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The trial judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor also ordered the arrest of Mr. Nnamani’s aide and co-accused, Sunday Anyaogu. The judge issued the bench warrant because the former governor was not in court as scheduled for his arraignment which was scheduled to take place.
Earlier, counsel to Mr. Nnamani, Mr. Shamsudeen Abubakar, told the court that his client, who is “severely sick,” had just had a heart surgery in the United States and is still recuperating in hospital.
Both defendants were first arraigned in 2007 alongside their companies: Rainbownet (Nig) Ltd; Hillgate (Nig) Ltd; Cosmo FM; Capital City Automobile (Nig) Ltd; Renaissance University Teaching Hospital; and Mea Mater Elizabeth High School.
In 2015, all the companies pleaded guilty to the charges but the trial of Messrs Nnamani and Anyaogu continued to stall due to the former’s frequent travels abroad to treat a heart ailment.
Justice Obiozor, the fourth judge to handle the matter, made it clear to the defence lawyer that he would not tolerate any attempt to further delay the trial.