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Anambra Govt. Reacts To EFCC, Placement Of Obiano On Its Watch List

 …..Says It’s Politically Motivated

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Anambra State Government has officially reacted to the  Economic and financial Crimes Commission EFCC placement of governor Willy Obiano on its watch list, describing it as politically motivated and in bad taste.

 The nation’s anti- graft agency had on Wednesday in a letter to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it has placed Obiano on her watch list, asking the Service to assist her  monitor his movement, particularly in the airports.

However, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, the government said the directive of the EFCC was not just “a new law” but that everything was wrong “in the politically motivated statement like this”.

The  Anambra government said that , EFCC provided no details of how Governor Obiano has been placed on its watch list, but merely made a reference to a letter it purportedly wrote on November 15, 2021, to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service asking it to inform the anti-graft agency anytime the governor is travelling out of the country.

“Everything  can be wrong with politically motivated statements like this, is obviously wrong with this statement.“

“The EFCC knows fully well that it is acting inelegantly in this instance, and so has tried as much as possible not to make an official public statement on the alleged placing of Chief Obiano on the watch list.

“It furtively gave a section of the media the news report it wrote based  ostensibly on its letter to the NIS on November 15.

“Governor Obiano is out of the country currently. And he travelled through one of the country’s international airports.

“He did not disguise himself, but rather left the country with his identity fully disclosed at the necessary immigration point.

“The EFCC sounded more inelegant when it claimed in the sponsored press report that it received intelligence reports that the governor plans to “flee” from Nigeria once he hands over power next March 17 to the newly elected Anambra State governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo.

“Chief Obiano has never left any persons in doubt that he will relocate to his base in the United States once he finishes his tenure

The statement added that Governor Obiano has a whole four months to remain in office and nobody in Nigeria can circumscribe his constitutionally conferred immunity which shields him from both criminal and civil prosecution.

“The EFCC went too far to announce in November that it is observing him. We are not aware of any state governor who had up to four months to be in office and the EFCC went on to sponsor media reports that he was being investigated”.

The statement insisted  that EFCC got it all wrong by announcing its investigation on Obiano on the rooftop as anti-corruption agencies are known to engage in discreet investigations.

According to the state, “the whole nation knows those behind all the present histrionics about Obiano.

It said “they are those who didn’t want the November 6 election to hold. They are those in high places who unsuccessfully canvassed for emergency rule in Anambra supposedly on security grounds.

“They are those who masterminded the Birnin Kudu High Court charade in Jigawa State over the APGA leadership and, more importantly, the authentic APGA candidate in the November gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

It said “they  are those responsible for the sacrilege of a customary court in Abuja issuing criminal summons to Professor Soludo, a former Central Bank of Nigeria governor.

These people are still fighting the gubernatorial battle on behalf of their badly defeated friends and political associates in the Anambra vote. They will fail badly, as they have done in the recent past”.

The government however, advised EFCC not allow to itself to be used by politicians who are mere birds of passage as the ongoing Anambra drama is in bad taste.


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