The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday refused to discharge a bench warrant issued for the arrest of former Enugu State Governor, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani.
Justice Chuka Obiozor refused an application filed by Nnamani’s lawyer, Rickey Tarfa (SAN), that that arrest warrant is vacated.
“The request for an order to discharge the bench warrant against the first defendant before me, for now, is hereby refused. This is without prejudice to the renewal of the application at the next adjourned date,” he held.
The judge on December 4th of last year issued the bench warrant due to Nnamani’s failure to attend court for his arraignment.
He also ordered the arrest of Nnamani’s co-accused and former aide, Sunday Anyaogu, who was in court on Friday.
Tarfa withdrew the application challenging the court’s jurisdiction and seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from arresting the defendant.
Tarfa argued that there was no valid charge against Nnamani before the court, adding that third to eighth defendants had been convicted following a plea bargain.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr. Kelvin Uzozie, pleaded for time to consult with his employers on how to proceed with the case.
He added that Nnamani’s and Anyaogu’s case was yet to be concluded.
“We are working on an amendment of the charge to reflect the proper situation. We will ask the court to indulge us by way of an adjournment to bring a clean copy of the charge sheet,” Uzozie said.