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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Nnamani challenges court’s jurisdiction on money laundering trial

Nnamani challenges court’s jurisdiction on money laundering trial

Chimaroke Nnamani

A former Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, has urged the Federal High Court, Lagos, not to try him for alleged money laundering due to lack of jurisdiction.

Justice Chuka Obiozor on December 4 issued a bench warrant for Nnamani’s arrest over his failure to show up in court for his arraignment.

The judge also ordered the arrest of Nnamani’s co-accused, Sunday Anyaogu.

Nnamani’s lawyer, Abubakar Samusudeen, said on Thursday he filed an application praying the court to hold that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the case.

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According to him, there was a plea bargain agreement between Nnamani’s co-accused and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) based on an amended charge of July 7, 2015.

Nnamani prayed for an order setting aside the charge against him and eight others, whether in its original or amended form.

He sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Federal Government or its agents from inviting, instituting, maintaining or otherwise prosecuting them in respect of the charge.

Nnamani prayed for an order suspending his arraignment pending the hearing and determination of his application for injunction.

Samusudeen also urged the court to withdraw the bench warrant issued against Anyaogu (the second defendant), saying he came to the court voluntarily and was not aware that the matter was to come up at the last adjournment date when his arrest was ordered.

EFCC lawyer, Kelvin Uzozie, said he was just being served with the application, adding that there was an issue of law contained in it.

He asked for short adjournment to enable the EFCC respond to the application.

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