EFCC Press Release: Court Grants Nnamani Leave To Travel Abroad

By Wilson Uwujaren

Despite opposition by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 granted a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani leave to travel abroad on medical grounds.

Justice Mohammed Yunusa, while ruling on an application by Nnamani seeking leave of the court to travel overseas  for medical treatment, said that the former governor could travel abroad to treat his ailment but added that he must return to the country before the next adjourned date. He is to file a notice of return to the court as soon as he gets back to the country and return his international passport to the court.

Justice Yunusa based his ruling on one of the original conditions for bail granted Nnamani in August 2, 2007 when he was first admitted to bail. The condition was that the former governor would not travel outside the country without the permission of the court. “My understanding of the above bail condition is that anytime the accused/applicant intends to travel outside Nigeria, he must seek the leave of court…The emphasis is on seeking leave of court and not on providing justification for the journey. It is therefore my considered opinion that the first accused/applicant has fulfilled the requirement and the conditions provided under the bail bond by seeking for leave of court before embarking on the medical treatment in the United States of America”, he said.

The EFCC had opposed the ex-governor’s application on the ground that he was withholding his traveling passport since he last obtained court’s permission to travel abroad for treatment in April 2012. EFCC counsel, Kelvin Uzozie had told the court in a counter-affidavit to Nnamani’s application that Nnamani was compelled to return to Nigeria the last time he was granted permission to travel by the court. He said the documents presented to the court showed that the former governor was suffering from “chest pain, shortness of breath, cough and tiredness”, which could be treated in Nigeria.

“He has not disclosed that no doctor in Nigeria can treat chest pain, shortness of breath, cough or tiredness; or that he has tried to treat himself in Nigeria and failed. This must not be allowed. It is this kind of conduct that has delayed the trial,” he said.


Uzozie also faulted the doctor’s report tendered by Nnamani, alleging that it was not issued by a qualified person as provided by law.


In his response, Nnamani’s counsel, Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), neither denied nor confirm Uzozie’s allegation that the former governor was still holding on to his passport. He said EFCC did not provide any evidence showing that it compelled Nnamani to return to Nigeria the last time he was granted similar application. “If it is true, you have to show evidence. Let’s see how you sought international intervention for him (Nnamani) to return to Nigeria,” Tarfa said.
 
Nnamani and others were re-arraigned before Justice Yinusa on 105 count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of about N4.5bn. The accused were said to have committed the alleged offences between 1999 and 2007 while Nnamani was the governor of Enugu State. Others standing trial along with him are his former aide, Sunday Anyaogu, and six firms allegedly linked to them. The firms are, Rainbownet Nigeria Limited, Hillgate Nigeria Limited, Cosmos FM, Capital City Automobile Nigeria Limited, Renaissance University Teaching Hospital and Mea Mater Elizabeth.

Justice Yunusa adjourned the matter till May 28, 2013 for continuation of trial.  

Wilson Uwujaren
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
17th April, 2013

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Nnamani/efcc

Where lies d fault of efcc in ds case ?D law setting up d efcc to be revisited wn d nation is ready to fight ds war.

REASON FOR PLEA BARGAIN

This is one of the reasons why Plea Bargain is necessary in Nigeria. Immagine without plea bargain, how far Tafa Balogun or Alams cases would have gone considering the amount of wealth the had. With the kind of justice system we have, it is only through the plea bargain a very rich thief will be convicted. John Yussuf pleaded guilty and to me saved EFCC and the govt. a lotand was convicted even though the conviction was too light, to me he would not have been convited for the next ten or more years, while his accomplices are still going about there normal businesses.Infact it is either plea bargain or no conviction for the big thieves, in any case, light purnishment is better than none.

Why? why?? why???

Chest pain, shortness of breath,cough and fatigue
There are no doctors to treat this in nigeria? Yet in the uk,Canada, USA and Germany,you have doctors who have been trained by Nigeria who have left due to lack of opportunity for growth: yet as a governor who was trained by the nigerian system,this ingrate chose not to enhance healthcare in his state, chose not to give people a chance to live above ill health, yet he thinks his life is worh more than that of the ordinary nigerian?
Hmm......fate and karma are not asleep: you may think you have escaped this, but beware the sins of a man can be visited on his generations for many years and his name can be wiped out and be a source of abuse and curses
All you nigerian leaders, beware: there are children yet inborn whose destinies you are toying with: remember leaders of yesteryears? How many of them have names that are celebrated?
You have been warned

Chest pain, shortness of

Chest pain, shortness of breath,cough and fatigue
There are no doctors to treat this in nigeria? Yet in the uk,Canada, USA and Germany,you have doctors who have been trained by Nigeria who have left due to lack of opportunity for growth: yet as a governor who was trained by the nigerian system,this ingrate chose not to enhance healthcare in his state, chose not to give people a chance to live above ill health, yet he thinks his life is worh more than that of the ordinary nigerian?
Hmm......fate and karma are not asleep: you may think you have escaped this, but beware the sins of a man can be visited on his generations for many years and his name can be wiped out and be a source of abuse and curses
All you nigerian leaders, beware: there are children yet inborn whose destinies you are toying with: remember leaders of yesteryears? How many of them have names that are celebrated?
You have been warned

Justice Nigeriana

An accused is on bail since 2007? What kind of justice is that? Isn't justice delayed famously said to be justice denied? Doing things backwards is partly responsible for the status quo in today's Nigeria. Major transformation is urgently needed to stanch the drift in the country.

THE FILTHY RECEPTACLE CALLED EFCC

THE WORLD WILL CONTINUE TO SEE EFCC AS A BIG JOKE AS LONG AS THE LIKES OF ORJI NOISE-MAKER UZO KALU, AND PETER-LOOTER ODILI ARE STILL WALKING FREE.

I KNEW NIGERIA WILL NEVER CHANGE WHEN GOODLUCK SNAIL-SPEED JONATHAN APPOINTED ODILI'S WIFE TO THE SUPREME COURT WITH ALL THE CLOUD HANGING OVER HER HEAD.

NIgeria is a loose country

Imagine a case from 2007-2013 still in court for what reason if it is ordinary civilian steal a tin of milk he will not spend up to 24 hrs in the police custody before it will be charge to court for stealing while those that steal bilions of naira are moving freely i pity for our country nigeria.is a slap on our country

Is the trial ended...why travelling

The trial sholud be concluded before allowing Nnamani to travel. This is a sign that something bad is going on in the judicial system. Former Goveror of Abia state DR Orji uzo Kalu should also be brought to book. For a long time now nobody is saying anything about his case.God will Nigeria.

DOUBLE STANDARD,

"The emphasis is on seeking leave of court and not on providing justification for the journey. It is therefore my considered opinion that the first accused/applicant has fulfilled the requirement and the conditions provided under the bail bond ....." he said. Erastus was denied the same leave but Nnamani does not need to provide justification to travel to treat cold in our learned judge's opinion. Nigeria judiciary is a joke. The judge that denied Erastus must be ashamed because he is being singled out and that is why I think the whole case is about power play between Sanusi-Bukola Saraki vs Akingbola.

They Also Help.

Nigeria will NEVER be good unless her court judges do the correct thing.

They should refrain from bribe taking and do justice.

That's why they are sitting in their various courts which suppose to be the temple of justice.

What will they tell their Creator when the meet Him? Their deeds and actions as at now are encouraging election rigging and massive stealing of the commonwealth of the people.

The rise or fall of Nigeria is in the hands of the JUDICIARY. QED!

He is better than Sullivan...

I wonder what crime this man has committed!,that used the money he never allowed God-fathers to squander to create industries and jobs for the unemployed youths within the state.This administration has not created one single industry,yet we are not seeing the money used by the other administration to undertake those elephant projects!In Nigeria if u want to embezzle u wil construct few urban roads cos it doesn't have any actual or real cost.The Dr Nnamani's admin yet constructed roads!Are moving forward or backward?Efcc don't pretend you don't know!

He is better than Sullivan...

I wonder what crime this man has committed!,that used the money he never allowed God-fathers to squander to create industries and jobs for the unemployed youths within the state.This administration has not created one single industry,yet we are not seeing the money used by the other administration to undertake those elephant projects!In Nigeria if u want to embezzle u wil construct few urban roads cos it doesn't have any actual or real cost.The Dr Nnamani's admin yet constructed roads!Are moving forward or backward?Efcc don't pretend you don't know!

Corrupt PLUS Corrupt = REVOLUTION

CASE SINCE 2007 TO 2013. NIGERIA JUSTICE NAWA..NA TOO CORRUPT PASS.

NIGERIAN COURT JUDGES ARE NOT HELPING IN THE.......

Nigerian corrupt judges are not helping in the fight against corruption in their country.

Shame on Nigerian Court Judges.

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