Alleged fraud: You’ve no jurisdiction to try him -Obiano tells court

Former governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has challenged the jurisdiction of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to hear the money laundering charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The EFCC had arraigned Obiano over alleged N4 billion money laundering charges.

Obiano was arraigned on January 24, 2024, by the EFCC on a nine-count charge of money laundering.

Trial judge in the matter is Justice Inyang Ekwo.

At the hearing in the matter on Monday, Obiano counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, filed a motion urging Justice Ekwo to quash the charges against his client.

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Ikpeazu, SAN argued that the court lacked the lack of jurisdiction to hear the matter and that no prima facie case has been established against the defendant.

But EFCC counsel, Sylvanus Tahir, SAN, informed the court that he needed adequate time to study and respond to the motion.

He explained that he was only served the motion in court Monday morning.

Following his prayers, Justice Ekpo adjourned hearing on the motion till March 7, 2024.

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